In an editorial April 13, 2014, the Flint Journal commends the decision of the City of Flint to leave the Detroit water system in favor of the Karegnondi Water Authority (KWA). Flint will treat local river water while awaiting completion of KWA's pipeline from Lake Huron.
"Wisely, Flint ended the relationship with Detroit and accelerated a plan to treat Flint River water until the new Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline is finished."
"It was a bold move, one that was carefully vetted. And, it helps prepare the city for KWA, an agreement made with a true spirit of cooperation among the city, Genesee County and the state of Michigan."
"We understand that the Flint River usage and even conversion to KWA will not result in rate decreases — but we caution the city to exercise real sensitivity toward anything but the most modest of water rate increases, if any."
"For decades, Flint and Genesee County were virtually powerless to stop the city of Detroit from inflicting its largest water rate increases on local customers because of an agreement signed about 40 years ago."
"Let’s raise our drinking water glasses and cheers to a new direction for the next 40 years."