Tech Panel to Make Recommendation on Reconnecting Flint to Detroit

Oct 5, 2015

Credit Melissa Benmark, WKAR

The state is convening a technical panel this week that’s supposed to come up with a plan to respond to the Flint drinking water emergency. The group is made up of state and federal environmental officials, as well as outside experts.

Dan Wyant directs the state Department of Environmental Quality. He says one of the first decisions is whether to reconnect Flint to the Detroit water system.

“The question is whether we’d be better if we want to Detroit water, and I’d like science to make that determination," Wyant says.

Flint Mayor Dane Walling says he’d ask the state to pick up the cost of one and a half to two million dollars a month if the city re-connects to the Detroit system.

The state is already distributing water filters to city residents, and has promised to step up testing of water in homes and schools.