LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers are allocating $6 million so Flint can reconnect to Detroit’s drinking water system due to issues with water from the Flint River.
The House approved budget legislation unanimously Wednesday. The Senate could sign off Thursday.
The vote occurred nearly a week after Gov. Rick Snyder called for Flint to switch back to Detroit while waiting for a pipeline to be completed. Snyder is seeking $9.3 million in state funds, including half of the $12 million needed to use Detroit’s system through June.
Residents complained about the safety and taste of the river water. The state corroborated findings of elevated lead levels in children.
The legislation also includes about $3.3 million for filters, testing and staff to conduct lead monitoring.
Information from: The Flint Journal