The City of Flint has taken a step toward the eventual transition to use of the Karegnondi Water Authority Pipeline with a much needed upgrade to the City's Water Treatment Plant. A news release from the city says a large 36" connection line, which will serve as the main feed to the plant from the new pipeline, was installed over the weekend of December 6th. Department of Public Works Director Howard Croft says the "massive undertaking was done without interruption of service to customers and ahead of its scheduled completion."

Utilities Administrator Daugherty Johnson added "the installation of the intake section to the water treatment plant represents a key portion of the City of Flint's transition to using the KWA for our water needs. Once construction on the KWA pipeline reaches Flint, the City will have the necessary connection in place to begin receiving and treating Lake Huron water."

The city says along with other critical upgrades to the plant in the past two years, the intake installation brings Flint one step closer to having direct control over all its water system needs. The KWA pipeline is expected to reach Flint by summer 2016.