General Motors may soon return to Flint, Michigan’s water system four years after it took its Flint engine plant off city water. We all know what’s happened in between the time, as the city faced a dire water crisis and undrinkable tap water.
GM originally took the Flint plant off of the city’s water after the automaker said the water corroded engines at the plant—an early sign of the impending crisis. Now, Michigan Radio reported on Wednesday that the city of Flint and GM are close to reaching a deal to return the plant back to the city’s water system.
A deal would be a major plus for the city, which lost a major customer when GM shunned the city’s water. Since the water crisis, Flint has treated and flushed its water supply with large amounts of chlorine. Recent tests have shown Flint’s water quality is finally improving, but Detroit has supplied water to the city since the fall of 2015.
Although a deal is close, one caveat remains in the form of overcharges on GM’s water account. According to the report, GM is due a $1.2 million credit from the city, which Flint would likely spread out over a period of time.