Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Michigan Ordered to Pay $87 Million to Replace Flint's Water Lines

Michigan to replace lead contaminated water lines in Flint by 2020.
Michigan has been ordered to replace Flint's lead contaminated water lines by 2020, according to the Wall Street Journal. The state will use $87 million dollars in state and federal funds to dig up service lines at roughly 18,000 homes in Flint, Michigan and replace lines made of lead and galvanized steel. The agreement calls for the state to replace lines to 6,000 homes by January 2018. An additional $10 million will be kept in reserve.

"This hard-fought victory means safer water for Flint,” Dimple Chaudhary, a senior attorney with plaintiff group Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. “For the first time, there will be an enforceable commitment to get the lead pipes out of the ground. The people of Flint are owed at least this much.”

Because of the high lead levels, the state created nine bottled water pick-up sites, which it can begin to close starting in May 2017 if demand drops due to new water lines.

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