FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for Flint to get its water from Detroit’s system again to address a public health emergency over lead in the water supply.
The governor announced Thursday that he will ask state lawmakers for $6 million, half of the $12 million need to reconnect with the Great Lakes Water Authority through next summer. Then Flint would transition to a new regional water authority.
Snyder says Flint will provide $2 million and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has committed $4 million.
The announcement came a day after local experts in health, water and science recommended that Flint reconnect to Detroit’s water system while it awaits a new pipeline to Lake Huron.
Flint has a public health emergency due to corrosive water leaching lead from old pipes.