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University study finds 8,000 lead service pipes

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Mayor Karen Weaver and professors from U of M Flint present the results of their five month survey, tracking lead pipes in the city. (WNEM) Mayor Karen Weaver and professors from U of M Flint present the results of their five month survey, tracking lead pipes in the city. (WNEM)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

"Today marks another important step for our fast start program to get the lead out of our waters," said Mayor Karen Weaver.

Joined by Professor Marty Kaufman from the University of Michigan Flint’s Earth and Research Science Department, the Flint mayor revealed a map of their findings an estimated 8,000 lead service lines.

Of those 8,000, more than 4,000 have been confirmed by the university’s five month study.

"Our project created a digital database of service points by digitizing the available data that we are no able to create," Kaufman said.

Troy Rosencrants of the university’s geographic information department said finding these service lines was no easy work.

"It was kind of shocking," Rosencrants said.

The city kept its records on 45,000 index cards, which TV5 uncovered back in November.

"They were still on paper maps or image files that hadn’t been updated until now," Rosencrants said.

The mayor said crews can start digging in a matter of days with the highest risk homes first on the list.

"We have had some homes that have been tested that are out of roof or over the roof they have to be on the list," Weaver said. "And homes that we know we have kids under the age of 6 or pregnant women, and people with some compromised immune systems – those will be the priorities for where we start."

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