Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft discusses switching back to the Detroit water system

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/01/15) - Genesee County has just issued a Public Health Emergency Declaration for people using the Flint City Water supply with the Flint River.

The declaration has a lot of people asking - what would it take to switch back to the Detroit water system?

We asked Flint Public Works Director Howard Croft. He says it's not as simple as just pushing a button, but absolutely can be done.

If Governor Rick Snyder were to make that decision, it would take about 30 days before quality water would start flowing to the tap. That could include a boil water advisory at some point during the transition.

"It's not something we are afraid of, it's something we're confident that we can handle, but certainly it's more than just pushing a button. We are prepared for whatever scenario that we need to deal with to protect the public health," he said. "It's something we've done before. There is no real concerns that we can physically and technically take care of it, but I don't want to put the cart before the horse. That's not our decision to make, that's a different decision. We are prepared for whatever the decision is. I think that's the position we are in," he said.

Croft says the City of Flint has already been working on a corrosion control plan to handle the lead levels.

Speeding up that effort could be another option instead of going back to the Detroit water system.

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