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City of Flint secondary water pipeline close to completion

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City of Flint secondary water source

FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - A couple of "hiccups" is how Mike Brown, city of Flint Director of Public works describes the latest delay in increasing the city's water blend to 100% from the secondary water pipe line.

"Currently we are at 75 percent - we are doing a shake-down of our chemical supply building we have had a couple of hiccups there," he said.  

The latest hiccup is related to some malfunctioning pumps that Brown anticipates will be fixed this week, as early as late Monday.
"We will have those up and running by later today," he said. 
Barring any other "hiccups" when the repairs are completed the city will seek approval from EGLE and the EPA to move forward with using the secondary water pipeline.
That approval could come this week or next.
That means it could still be several more days before the secondary water pipe line known as Genesee County Drain Commissioner or GCDC is fully operational.
The city has spent millions construction the secondary water pipeline that will be used as a back up to the the primary water sourch the the Great Lakes Water Authority or GLWA.
"With both the primary and secondary sources the two lines coming into the city of Flint has control," Brown said.
 "And we can put out good water into the city from those water sources."
The city hopes to have the GCDC line fully operational the week of Nov. 29.
Brown said by the first of December, the city could be using the secondary source 100 percent, temporarily, while his department makes necessary repairs to the main line.

The new secondary water pipeline is one of four major water infrastructure projects that are near completion in the city of Flint.