Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Flint Water Treatment Plant, Costs to Upgrade Could Now Exceed $100 Million (UPDATED)

A new draft report prepared by CDM Michigan pegs the cost to upgrade Flint's Water Treatment Plant at  more than $100 million. Completion of these upgrades may be required before Flint is permitted to switch its source water (again) to the Karegnondi Water Authority. 

In 2011, before the Flint Water Crisis erupted, the estimated capital upgrades for Flint's WTP were estimated at $61.5 million.

So, what's changed to drive the estimated capital costs 50% higher?   

Update (2/7): MLive.com is reporting here that a final report has been issued by CDM Michigan that puts the estimated upgrade cost at $108 million. And the time to make these upgrades? According to CDM Michigan, it will be somewhere between August, 2019 and October, 2020. Without a current source of funding, these dates seem very optimistic. In 2012, when DWSD contracted for upgrades to the Springwells Water Treatment Plant, it allotted 1,710 days for the $75.8 million project.  

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