Flint mayor announces plan to remove lead pipes - WNEM TV 5

Flint mayor announces plan to remove lead pipes

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Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Source: WNEM Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. Source: WNEM

Mayor Karen Weaver is no longer politely asking for new pipes in flint. She is demanding them outright, whether Gov. Rick Snyder is on board or not.

"We have to get new pipes and I cannot imagine that he would not support this plan because if he doesn't, shame on him," Weaver said.

She calls her plan Fast Start.

It’s an estimated $55 million project to remove and replace Flint’s residential lead pipes as quickly as possible.

“We’re going to get the lead out of Flint,” said Weaver. “We owe it to our children to make it happen as soon as possible.”

Weaver has charged retired National Guard Brigadier General Michael C.H. McDaniel to spearhead the effort to remove all the lead pipes from the main to the meter, starting with high-risk households.

McDaniel estimates there are approximately 15,000 water service lines in Flint that will need to be replaced.

He’ll be working with a team of experts, and the Lansing Board of Power and Light, which has pioneered lead pipe removal.

Weaver said the plan will require extensive coordination between city, state and federal officials. As well as funding from the Michigan Legislature, the U.S. Congress, or both.

“I invite Governor Snyder and his team to pledge their full cooperation to help us get this done,” Weaver said.  “And I call on the Legislature and Congress to appropriate the necessary funds so we can get started as soon as possible.  The people of Flint have already paid with their lives, health and quality of life,” said Weaver.

A detailed timeline for the project has not been determined.

See below for a break-down of estimated costs for the project, along with frequently asked questions. 

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