FLINT, MI — The city has failed to fix water system problems identified by the state more than nine months ago and now must agree to a schedule for correcting them. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has told Mayor Karen Weaver that the city will receive a proposed administrative consent order in the next few days but did not spell out which of 15 previously identified trouble spots haven’t been fixed.
In August 2017, the DEQ notified the city of 15 recommendations for and deficiencies in the water system, including "significant deficiencies" in the water distribution system and its management and operations staff.
"The city has not resolved all of the identified deficiencies at this time," Eric Oswald, director of the DEQ Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division, wrote in a May 31 letter to Weaver. Oswald urged Weaver to review the draft consent order when she receives it and to "develop realistic dates the city can achieve to bring your drinking water system back into compliance.
"The MDEQ commits to assisting the city in resolving these issues; however the city is primarily responsible for the […]