First and foremost, as a stop gap measure until the Karendgondi water pipeline is up and running, I will strongly advocate that the City of Flint purchase its water directly from Genesee County, which ironically is still buying its water from the Detroit Department of Water and Sewerage. I say advocate at this point because, thanks to a few City Council members, any major decision proposed by the Mayor or City Council has to pass muster with the MTAB, the mechanism put in place to oversee city operations for an unspecified period of time in the absence of an emergency manager. Also, in direct contradiction to the City Charter, the city of Flint has an omnipotent city administrator who was bequeathed unparalleled powers to run the city by decree of Flint’s last emergency manager as a departing gesture. I will fight vigorously to return the city to its sovereign right, as a government by the people, in full compliance with the current City Charter, while simultaneously advocating for the stop gap measure I alluded to above.
I feel it is critical to act expeditiously to remove our citizens and our infrastructure from any further harm posed by Flint River water. The Virginia Tech studies have shown that Flint River water is seven times more corrosive than Detroit water, and is a direct cause of lead leaching from pipes used in our water delivery system. Flint River water is not only posing a tremendous health hazard to our people, it is also corroding our already frail infrastructure. The impending damage to both is immeasurable.