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Flint — Genesee County officials say winning bids on a new water pipeline to Lake Huron have come in significantly less than estimated, at about $233 million.

The Flint Journal reports Drain Commissioner Jeff Wright told the Flint City Council Monday that contractors offered the less-than-predicted prices for the Karegnondi Water Authority pipeline. Estimates had ranged from $274 million to more than $312 million.

The authority is a partnership between the city of Flint and Genesee County. It’s building the pipeline to supply the area with fresh Lake Huron water instead of water purchased from Detroit.

Wright says pipeline construction is on schedule and lake water could start reaching a Flint treatment plant by June 2016.

Flint officials also announced that the city has installed a connection line to feed water to the treatment plant.

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