The City of Flint has announced the formation of a water advisory committee made up of 40 citizens in an effort to provide the community with ongoing information in the city's effort to maintain a safe water supply and to improve the quality.

According to a news release, the committee will be made up of business owners, elected officials and members of various community organizations. In addition to gathering information from the city to share, the committee members will also be expected to share the concerns they receive from others.

Flint Mayor Dayne Walling said the level of connection between the city and the community provided by the committee is an important step toward ensuring the public is engaged in this ongoing issue. " Members of our community have concerns about the quality of their water, the costs associated with delivering it and the problems facing the infrastructure that brings it to them," said Walling. "As we worked to address each of these areas in turn, keeping our residents, businesses and visitors informed on the progress being made and keeping a dialogue open to hear any new concerns is crucial."

All of the meetings will be open to the public and will be held at easily accessibly locations throughout the city. They will be held on a regular basis at least until the city begins receiving its water from the Karegnondi Water Authority which is expected in 2016. Letters have already been sent to prospective committee members and the first meeting is expected to be held during the first week of March. Any group that has not received an invitation and would like to participate is asked to email Walling at mayor@cityofflint.com.