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Community group working to replace lead pipes

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Crews replacing the first lead service line in Flint (Source: WNEM) Crews replacing the first lead service line in Flint (Source: WNEM)
FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Dr. Jawad Shah wants to save Flint, one house at a time.

"I see us as one voice. I don't believe that we are the voice of the city, I think we are one voice and we want to add the different wonderful voices to try advocate for the city," Shah said.

His group, called the Flint Coalition, is trying to lead the way to replacing lead service lines.

Earlier this month, the coalition went digging 24 hours before the city started its work.

On Tuesday, the Flint Coalition made their case for picking up the pace of lead pipe replacement.

"We really didn't recognize it was the following day by the city," Shah said. "We knew that they had made announcements and we had the attitude that any effort would be welcomed."

The work done by the Flint Coalition is funded entirely by donations, covering the cost of replacing pipes for between $15,000 and $20,000 per home.

"I know we can give to accomplish in assisting our city," said Leon El-Alamin. "I think it's very critical and important."

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