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Gov. Snyder addresses plan to replace lead pipes in Flint

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Gov. Rick Snyder. Source: WNEM Gov. Rick Snyder. Source: WNEM

Gov. Rick Snyder was in Flint today addressing the plan to replace the lead pipes that have caused a water crisis.

His press conference comes the same day that Flint Mayor Karen Weaver announced that her administration intends to start replacing the pipes starting the week of Feb. 22.

There are an estimated 10,000 service lines in the city, but it’s unclear how many are lead, and where those lead lines are.

While Snyder said that the ultimate goal is to replace those lead service lines, an infrastructure study needs to be done first. He also explained how the re coating of the pipes plays into the overall plan.

“The best step is you reestablish the coating. And you do extensive testing to see if the water is safe based on coatings. That way you can potentially get the water coming out of the tap available to people again. The second step is to do this infrastructure study. This is the second step to know what you’re dealing with in terms of underground infrastructure and how best to approach it. The third step is this replacement of pipes. So they’re not mutually exclusive, they actually follow a time sequence,” said Snyder.

Snyder said he can’t give a firm timeline for when the pipes will start being replaced, but he expects it to take roughly a month to do the infrastructure study.

He also expects that the pipes, from the street to the meter will be replaced.

Rowe Professional Services in Flint has been hired to conduct the study.

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