CHICAGO — A group of governments near Flint, Mich., hopes to solidify a plan over the next month to break away from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department and begin construction of their own bond-financed water pipeline to Lake Huron.

The move would mean independence and lower water rates for the Karegnondi Water Authority, a relatively new bond issuer made up of Genesee, Lapeer and Sanica counties and the cities of Flint and Lapeer.

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