Flint mayor: 'Lead pipes have got to go' - WNEM TV 5

Flint mayor: 'Lead pipes have got to go'

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

"The lead pipes have got to go," said Karen Weaver.

The Flint mayor was joined by several other state and national leaders announcing a new push to replace all of the city's lead pipes.

Weaver said the city will first replace lead lines for high-risk residents, pregnant women and children younger than six.

“I am morally obligated to use every power and authority my office has to make Flint’s water safe,” Weaver said.

Joining weaver at the podium was Virg Bernaro, the mayor of Lansing.

Lansing has had 13,000 lead pipes removed and replaced.

“They have perfected a way to replace pipes that's half the cost and twice as fast,” Weaver said.

Bernaro had a message for Flint: “If Flint is hurting we are all hurting.”

Weaver also spoke about new teams made up of experts, advocates and community leaders to help get Flint back on its feet.

“We've got to have a plan for what's next,” Weaver said. “We've got to have a bold strategy not just pick up the pieces, to put it all back together again and move this city forward.”

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