Flint Leaders Ahead of Schedule in its Program to Find and Replace Lead Pipes

Dec 4, 2018

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says her city’s lead pipe replacement program is a year ahead of schedule.

The replacement program is a response to the city’s lead tainted water crisis.

Over the past two years, the city has checked more than 18 thousand service lines connecting Flint homes to city water mains.  

Nearly 18 thousand lead and galvanized pipes were replaced with copper.

“Because we have surpassed the 18,000 mark people say what’s going on next, what are you doing?  We’re going to keep going.”

Contractors started checking service lines as a response to the city’s water crisis.

Weaver says there’s another 10,000 to 12,000 service lines to be checked…..which she hopes will be done by mid-20-19. 

“We’re not finished.  We’re not finished.  So I don’t want anybody to be confused about that.  We’re not finished.”

The city has been criticized by groups that claim the pipe replacement program has not been prioritizing homes with likely lead pipes.  

Flint and the state remain at odds over how much the city is spending to identify which service lines are made of copper, lead, galvanized steel and other materials and the method contractors use to find lead pipes.