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Weaver: Lead service line replacement starts Thursday

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Residents in Flint have been asking for months when digging will begin to start pulling out old lead service lines.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver finally has an answer in an exclusive interview with TV5.

“We’re ready to start Thursday,” Weaver said.

Weaver’s $55 million Fast Start program calls for digging up the lines that have caused the lead contamination in the city. And now Weaver said it is time for the shovels to start turning up dirt.

“The citizens of this city have waited long enough, and Thursday will be the day that we start getting back to clean drinking water,” Weaver said.

Weaver said that Rowe Engineering is still working on its plan for the removal of the lead lines throughout the city.

But, she said preliminary work with the Lansing Board of Water and Light has moved forward as of Monday. 

"We actually did the rest run today and that was successful, so we are really excited about that," said Weaver.

While an exact location hasn't been released, Thursday's digging will be done in the highest risk area, where the lead contamination is at its highest levels.

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