State House approves plan to help fund Flint's reconnect to Detroit water

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FLINT (WJRT) - (10/14/15) - The city of Flint is one step closer to being able to pay for the $12 million cost of pumping safe, clean water in from Detroit.

Late Wednesday, the state House made a big move approving a contribution of $9.3 million to help make the critical transition possible.

The plan includes $6 million for reconnecting the city to Detroit water, $1 million for water testing, $1 million for water filters, $850,000 for childhood lead program follow-up and $500,000 to help DEQ and LARA address the crisis.

The Senate is expected to follow suit, Thursday.

It's a critical step in finalizing negotiations between Flint and Detroit for the water transition.

Another step forward also happened Wednesday evening. Flint's Receivership Transition Advisory Board gave their approval to the city's spending plan of contributing $2 million to the overall cost.

The transition to the Detroit Water Supply is expected to happen before month's end and residents should be getting better water sometime in early November.

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