Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline completed, water to flow this weekend
(11/21/2017) - The four-year project to build the new Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline from Lake Huron to Genesee County and a new county Water Treatment Plant is complete.
Genesee County Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright said municipal water customers in the county, excluding the city of Flint, could begin drinking water from the new system this weekend.
The pipeline and water treatment plant, which is located in Lapeer County's Oregon Township, were completed a couple weeks ago. Crews have been operating both in a test mode since then before supplying any customers.
Wright said Michigan laws require the county to give a 72-hour public notice before the water flow switches to the new KWA pipeline. He anticipates that notice going out within the next couple days.
"It's been a long journey for the 2,000 people that have worked on it," Wright said. "It's very exciting for all of us for all of the reasons I've mentioned. It's a great day for Genesee County and its (water) customers."
He was proud that the project was completed on time and under budget.
"In today's world, a government project coming in under budget and on time is rare," Wright said. "And again I have to commend the men and women in my office and all the contractors and building trades folks that made that happen."
Now complete, the project is expected to help boost the local economy with a new source of relatively cheap drinking water.