Monday, January 30, 2012

Flint Emergency Manager Considers Sale of City Sewer and Water System (UPDATED)

The Flint Journal is reporting (here) that Michael Brown, the City of Flint's Emergency Manager, is considering the sale of Flint's water and sewer system. Shaky finances and the need to raise cash are part of the reason Brown is considering "all options."

The sale of Flint's water and sewer system would complicate plans by the Karegnondi Water Authority, which has urged Flint to break ties with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department. KWA officials recently have been lobbying Flint's Emergency Manager to join the new authority.

No word about who might be interested in buying Flint's water and sewer system or who will foot the bill for the $61.5 million worth of upgrades to Flint's water treatment plant that will be required, according to Rowe Engineering (here and here); KWA would only be furnishing Flint with raw water, not the finished water currently supplied by DWSD.

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Update (2/3): The Flint Journal reports (here) that the Flint Emergency Manager is also considering interim use of the Flint River until the new KWA pipeline is completed. Still no word as to how Flint would finance the necessary upgrades to its water treatment plant.

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