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Flint council extends water supply deal with Great Lakes Water Authority for 2 years

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FLINT, MI, OCT 24, 2017 -- The City Council of Flint, Mich., was supposed to decide this week whether to keep the city on the Detroit water system under a 30-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority or choose an alternative source. The plan is backed by Mayor Karen Weaver, the state and U.S. EPA.

Instead, the Council sought a two year extension of its water supply contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority on the same date that a U.S. District Judge had set a deadline for a final decision on the embattled city's water source.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson had previously ordered the Council to make a final decision on its water source following the lead crisis in the Midwestern city. This week, he said the city would be “forced under duress to decide on a long-term contract” before it had an expert analysis if it completed the 30-year contract with Great Lakes.

Detroit News reports the City Council was "troubled by the length of the contract and the concern for water rate increases, among other issues."

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