FLINT TWP. — Now that Flint’s water crisis has made national news, concerned calls about township water have been pouring in, said Township Supervisor Karyn Miller, in remarks last week at the monthly meeting of the West Flint Business Association.
Miller offered reassurance, just as she did last October when medical news first surfaced that lead content in Flint water posed a health risk for children.
Flint Township is a retail customer of the Genesee County Drain Commission which gets its water supply from Detroit. The township water is not affected by the problems in Flint, which in April 2014 switched from Detroit to the Flint River as its water source.
Miller said that the township has received numerous calls from residents about opportunists trying to sell them water filters like those being distributed in the city of Flint. Miller said she wants to spread the word that Flint Township water customers do not need to buy water filters.
Miller also noted that Flint River water problems were indicated in October 2014 when General Motors came to Flint Township with an urgent request to tie into the township water line to service its Flint Engine Plant on Bristol Road. GM officials said then that using the Flint River water was causing corrosion issues in production.
The township board approved a franchise agreement for Flint Engine to use Flint Township water until the Karegnondi pipeline, currently under construction, is completed later this year, if on schedule. The agreement did not apply to Flint Engine sewer water or to the GM Flint Assembly plant on Van Slyke Road.
GM plants previously were customers of the township water department before the city of Flint annexed that property circa 1978, Miller said.
Only about 50 Flint Township residents who live on the borders of the city of Flint are affected by the Flint water problems. They are Flint water customers because township water lines are not accessible. Their franchise arrangement with the City of Flint is indicated on their water bills and they know who they are, Miller said. Township officials are working with those affected to ensure they receive water filters, free water, testing and all other services being offered to city of Flint residents