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Flint opens intake pipe, plans to get drinking water from Flint River starting Monday


FLINT, Michigan — City officials have opened an intake pipe from the Flint River and plan to begin processing its water next week.

WNEM-TV reports that the intake was opened Thursday afternoon at the Flint water treatment plant.

The Flint Journal reported that about 12 million gallons of water would be brought in for test runs.

The city plans to use water from the Flint River beginning Monday instead of relying on the flow supplied by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. The move is a temporary measure until the Karegnondi Water Authority completes its pipeline in 2016 from Lake Huron.

Public Works Director Howard Croft said Thursday that once the city begins drawing Flint River water officials don't plan on stopping it "until the Karegnondi reaches" the plant "with the raw water."

Information from: The Flint Journal,

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