General Motors could return to the Flint, Michigan, water supply soon as the automaker is reportedly in talks with its current supplier. MLive reported on Tuesday that the automaker has told its current water supplier it will return the Flint engine plant to the local water supply.
The township’s board of trustees approved a resolution to begin the switch on July 9, but specifics weren’t provided. No date has been set, but the city has lost vast amounts of revenue without GM as a customer, about $400,000 annually.
Part of the switch agreement may include GM paying a previous tap-in fee and detail conditions for the township to serve as GM’s backup water source in the future. A previous report claimed GM is also due a $1.2 million credit from the city, which may be spread out over time.
The Flint water crisis caused a panic years ago, though recent tests have shown water quality is improving. Detroit has supplied water to the city since 2015. GM took its engine plant off of the city’s water in 2014 after the water began corroding engine parts.