Water is a critical element of life in Flint, Michigan, where water treatment plants have been shut down and the city has struggled with a rising number of lead poisoning cases.
The city was supposed to get all of its water from a public water supply under a deal brokered in 2011 that provided Flint with a $1.7 billion loan, but the city’s leaders say they can’t afford to make the same payment again.
Water experts have told The Associated Press they expect the state to be unable to deliver the promised money if Flint does not have a new supply.
So, the city is planning to build its own water supply and use it to keep Flint’s water from freezing and getting polluted.
In the city of 1.4 million people, water supplies are critical to maintaining the health of the city and to the residents of surrounding communities.
The water is safe to drink, and it provides a vital source of income for many.
But the city also has a growing number of cases of Legionnaires’ disease.
Some of the cases are due to the contaminated drinking water, and others are linked to tainted water pipes, which can lead to Legionnaires and other diseases.
A group of scientists from the University of Michigan has been trying to figure out how to build the Flint water supply from scratch.
The group recently released a report that found Flint has a long way to go before it can meet its goal of meeting the state’s standard for drinking water.
The team, which included researchers from the U-M School of Public Health, the University at Buffalo, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, analyzed data from more than 8,000 samples collected from Flint’s tap water, wells, municipal and industrial water sources and from a local supply.
They also reviewed public records, community and health complaints and interviews with residents to make sure the group’s recommendations were realistic.
The group recommended that the state should start with $1 billion and would like the federal government to help pay for the project.
It also called for an increase in the number of qualified water suppliers to be allowed to tap into the city water supply, and for additional monitoring of the water supply to identify contaminants.
The state has said it will not be willing to provide any additional funds.
“The federal government should be stepping in to provide some of the money,” said James Hagan, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for water resources.
The report’s authors said they are hopeful the state will come through with the money.
“We’ve been working on this project for a long time,” Hagan said.
“We have a very good relationship with the federal Department of Justice and we have been working with them on the recommendations they have been making to address these concerns.”
The state’s Department of Economic Development said it had not yet received the report, but that it was working with the UMWD to prepare a report.
(Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Mary Milliken and Clarence Fernandez)