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Flint workers treated water by feeding chemicals through 'hole in the floor'

Published: May 15, 2018
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Source: Mlive.com

FLINT, MI -- A hand-written log book shows workers preparing to put the Flint water treatment plant into operation in 2013 didn't use a standard pump but a hole in the floor of the building to feed chemicals into Flint River water.

Special prosecutor Todd Flood pushed the point as preliminary examinations continued Monday, May 14, in the criminal cases against four current and former employees of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality in Genesee District Court.

Prosecutors have contended DEQ regulators should have known there were serious problems with Flint's water system even before, but certainly after,  the city's water source was changed in April 2014 and employees attempted to treat river water for the first time in decades.

The plant continued to run for 17 months despite rising levels of bacteria and chlorine byproduct in city water and suspicions that the new water could have triggered outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease.

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