Flint City Council Approves $2 Million for Switch to Detroit Water

The Flint City Council unanimously approved the use of $2 million to switch back to Detroit’s water system.

Flint’s City Council has approved a deal to pay $2 million to help the city switch back to Detroit’s water system.

The entire bill for the change is $12 million. $10 million will be paid by the state and the Mott Foundation.

Council member Scott Kincaid voted for the deal, even though he was against the city paying for the switch in service.

“The City Administrator said that if we didn’t have the twelve million dollars we may not be able to go back to Detroit as soon as possible. And I didn’t want to delay the ability to get clean water,” Kincaid says. 

Kincaid says since the decision to use the Flint River was the emergency manager’s decision the state should pay for the return to Detroit water. Kincaid says he expects to return to the Detroit system by the end of the month.


  • Bre'Anna Tinsley
    Bre'Anna Tinsley is a reporter for Detroit Public Radio, 101.9 WDET. She covers city government and housing, as well as co-hosting the "Detroit Evening Report" podcast.