FLINT (WJRT) -
(06/12/14) - Flint's water quality is on par with state standards - that's the word from city leaders.
It's been more than a month since the big switch from the Detroit water system to the Flint River.
Thursday, Emergency Manager Darnell Earley gave a progress report.
"The quality and the safety is there. We test daily," said Howard Croft, Flint DPW director.
According to the Department of Environmental Quality, Flint's drinking water meets the mark.
"One hundred percent compliant with the primary drinking water standards," said Daugherty Johnson, utilities administrator.
Not all of the customer base is satisfied. Negative reaction has flowed in concerning color, taste and the hardness of the water.
"The complaints that have come in, we have taken samples and we've tested those and confirmed that the water is absolutely safe," Croft said.
"I drink city of Flint tap water every single day. I think people are wasting their precious money buying bottled water," said Flint Mayor Dayne Walling.
There's another big concern for Flint water customers - the high cost.
"I'm sensitive to that, but having said that, the numbers are what they are and if we are going to stay in the water business, if we are going to provide a product, we've got to invest in it," Earley said.
Earley urges the public to be patient.
"We understand that there are going to be complaints. This is change. This is a major change. We are moving in a direction that's going to be more manageable for the city," he said.
He says there is no turning back.
"We have not sacrificed and we are not going to sacrifice the quality of the product, and until or unless the Department of Environmental Quality says the water is unsafe for human consumption, it will be the water source," Earley said.
Earley also announced the nine-mile stretch of Flint's pipeline has been sold to the Genesee County Drain Commission for $3.9 million. That money will be re-invested into the city's water and sewer system.
The pipeline will become part of the KWA system that will bring water from Lake Huron.