FLINT (WJRT) - (12/23/16) - The state says a motion to force it to immediately start delivering bottled water to homes in Flint is premature.
The state of Michigan is responding to a November court order from U.S. District Judge David Lawson for the state and city to come up with a plan for water delivery by noon Friday.
The response filed Thursday from the state says it just doesn't have the resources to begin door-to-door water delivery.
The state will begin to mail letters next month to provide clear and current information about the water emergency and water supply to Flint residents.
Their lawyers also say the state continues to deliver water to those who need it - including 13,000 visits to Flint homes for filter installation, maintenance and education since the November order.
Since that ruling, the state has made a number of appeals, but lost every one of them.
The state says data expected to be submitted on Jan. 10 will show the city is compliant with the Safe Drinking Water Act and that Lawson's order should be overturned.
A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 24.
The original order says that everyone living in Flint will receive a delivery of four cases of bottled water per person to their homes.
The process of delivering water to the 30,000 homes in Flint is expected to bring 150 jobs to the area.