Flint official: State overruled plan for corrosion control


FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A city official says he intended to treat Flint’s drinking water with anti-corrosive chemicals after the switch to the Flint River but was overruled by a state regulator.

During a hearing before a legislative committee Tuesday, city utilities director Mike Glasgow said he met with a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality district engineer shortly before the switchover. He said the engineer told him a year of testing was required to determine whether it was needed.

In hindsight, Glasgow says that was a fateful moment. For nearly 18 months, Flint residents would drink tap water that had coursed through aging pipes and fixtures, scraping away lead from lines that ran from water mains to some homes and schools.

Flint residents still are advised not to drink unfiltered tap water.