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Council Moves Forward in 5-4 Vote on Water Contract

Flint, Mich. – The Flint City Council voted to enter into a 30-year contract making the Great Lakes Water Authority the City of Flint’s primary water source. Council voted 5-4 to approve the deal, which had been the recommendation of Mayor Karen Weaver.
Councilmembers Eric Mays, Maurice Davis, Santino Guerra, Herbert Winfrey and Jerry Winfrey-Carter supported the long-term contract, while Kate Fields, Monica Galloway, Eva Worthing, and L. Allan Griggs opposed.
“I believe staying with GLWA as the city’s primary water source is the best option when you consider factors related to public health and when it comes to being fiscally responsible,” said Mayor Weaver.
“The recommendation I put forth would also avoid a projected 55 percent water rate increase and ensure the City of Flint gets millions of dollars to continue replacing lead tainted pipes, and make much-needed repairs to our damaged infrastructure so we are able to deliver quality water to residents,” stated the Mayor. “The people of Flint have waited long enough for a reliable, permanent water source, and implementing my recommendation will provide that,” she said.
The council made the long-awaited decision at a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21.

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