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Flint missed a court-ordered deadline to replace all the city’s lead service lines

Michael Barera

The city of Flint has missed another deadline to remove all the city’s lead service lines.

That’s according to a federal judge’s ruling.

According to a landmark legal settlement, Flint was originally supposed to have replaced all the city’s lead pipes by early 2020.

That deadline was later extended to September 2022. But the city still hasn’t finished the work, though it claims to be more than 95% done.

Flint had already agreed to a new August 2023 deadline. But plaintiffs in the original lawsuit went back to court, saying those deadlines needed to be enforceable.

A federal judge agreed. He also found that Flint failed to keep track of where line replacements had damaged people’s property.

Flint's city attorney says it remains committed to meeting those goals.