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Flint council approves short-term deal for drinking water

October 24, 2017

FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2016, file photo, the Flint Water Plant tower stands in Flint, Mich. The City Council voted Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, to extend a short-term contract for drinking water after requesting more time to comply with a federal judge's order to choose a long-term water source. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Flint City Council has voted to extend a water contract for two more years, despite a judge’s order that it come up with a long-term solution to get residents past a lead contamination crisis.

The council voted Monday for a two-year contract with the Great Lakes Water Authority, which has been supplying water since a lead disaster was declared in 2015.

The state of Michigan is suing Flint to force it to make a 30-year deal with Great Lakes Water. Federal Judge David Lawson last week ordered the council to accept that plan or come up with another long-term water source. It’s not known if a two-year pact will satisfy him.

In a court filing Tuesday, Michigan again urged Lawson to order Flint to take a three-decade contract.

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