Lansing — A state board unanimously voted Monday to give a $3.5 million loan to Flint to help build a federally required parallel pipeline to a new pipe that will eventually supply Flint with Lake Huron water.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is requiring Flint to build a parallel 5.5-mile pipeline that will cost $7.5 million to test that water from the new Karegnondi Water Authority. The parallel pipe project will be partially funded by the loan from the Michigan Strategic Fund after the board’s Monday vote as well as a $4.2 million grant from Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality, according to a memo from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

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