Flint switches back to Detroit water system

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/16/15) - Detroit water is now flowing to the city of Flint.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling says residents will now begin to see Detroit water in their home.

In Friday's press conference, Walling said the city reached an agreement with the Detroit Water System. Walling says the money from the state to begin fixing Flint's water by reconnecting to Detroit is just a start - a down payment.

He went on to say that he's not going to stop until every drop of drinking water in Flint is 100 percent safe.

"I appreciated the legislature and the state's quick action on the issues that were brought before them. But this is a crisis that should've never happened in the first place. Governor Snyder and the emergency managers caused this problem. Plain and simple. And we're making sure they fix it," Walling said.

Public Information Officer Jason Lorenz says there's no clear way of telling whether the northside or southside or any part the city will have the Detroit water first because while it's officially back on, it's going to take some time to filter through the system.

Officially, it'll take up to three weeks for the water to flow through 600 miles of city infrastructure.

The Detroit water will also have corrosion control agents that will hinder the lead from leaching from old pipes into the water. The city says they'll also be adding additional corrosion control agents to further minimize the lead risks.

We spoke to city leaders about what people can expect to see or notice.

"They'lll see hydrants open. There will be valves opening. And they might see a little discoloration as the water's moved around, but it's nothing to worry about. And we'll once again have clean, Lake Huron water," Lorenz said.

City leader say they're happy for residents and people who've fought so long to make this switch.

Because it will officially take three weeks to get through all of the pipes, residents are still recommended to use water filters and drink bottled water until this process is complete.

They say not to be alarmed if you notice discoloration as well as some taste and odor issues during this switch.

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