FLINT, Mich. (WJBK) - Governor Rick Snyder is back from our nation's capital and is making good on a promise he made before Congress: that he would be in Flint on Friday to sit down with the water task force.
Snyder was in Flint on Friday for the meeting and also spoke to the media for the first time since his finished taking questions in D.C. The focus is now on what can actually be done to fix the crisis and how much it
The old cliché, money is the root of all evil, applies with what's happening in Flint, according to Governor Snyder. He said what's to blame for the water problems in the city.
"What was the cost that could have prevented this, $150 a day? That's much it costs to add phosphates. This goes back to experts wanting to do studies instead of adding corrosion controls," Snyder said in Flint on Friday.
The money that wasn't - that's what's to blame, According to Snyder. And it's going to be needed to fix it as well. Fresh off his trip to Washington, Snyder said he knows he needs help from Congress and more money if Flint is going to see real change.
"I'm going to cooperate with them. But I'm going to spend my time on the solution side," Snyder said.
The solutions start with the removal of lead pipes from the ground. Retired brigadier General Mike McDaniel said that can get done, it just takes time and money.
"At least two a day. Around the city every day, to do the first 30," McDaniel said. "We only have 2 million thus far which means maybe 400-500 lines. To get us to May. To get to the homes with the greatest risk.”
Those in charge say even with a blank check it would take 12 to 18 months to replace all the bad pipes. A bill that would free up federal money currently sits in the U.S. Senate.