Mayor wants to maintain pace with lead pipe removal - WNEM TV 5

Mayor wants to maintain pace with lead pipe removal

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Charles Edwards lives down the street from where a lead service line has recently been removed and replaced with a new copper pipe.

"I didn't know I had any lead this close to me, but I'm glad to see that they got on it quick and really took care of it," Edwards said.

It's part of the effort to restore clean drinking water in Flint.

"I'm just glad to see that progress is being made and they're trying to turn it around," Edwards said.

Mayor Karen Weaver's Fast Start program is in full gear.

"We've been doing I believe one a day at least. But I'd like to do more than that," Weaver said.

The mayor said she won't stop until every lead pipe has been replaced, but adds that the state aid used to kick off the Fast Start program is just a drop in the bucket.

Weaver said she wants more funding so they can hire more crews to replace the pipes at a faster rate. She said it will take roughly $700 million to $1 billion to address the city's water infrastructure.

"We need to do more than what we're starting with. Because even though we've identified priorities the entire city is a priority," Weaver said.

Edwards agrees with the mayor and said everyone should have peace of mind that clean water is flowing through a safe pipe.

"We need more help way faster. These kids need it and everybody needs it. So they need to pick it up," Edwards said.

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