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Work ramps up to replace Flint lead water lines

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FLINT, Mich. (AP) -

Flint's mayor says work is ramping up to replace lead service lines amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

Mayor Karen Weaver issued an update Monday on her "Fast Start" program, saying crews are expected to replace lines at two houses a day through the end of March if weather permits.

The first line was replaced with a new copper line under the program earlier this month, two are expected to be replaced on Monday and other homes getting replacements have been identified.

Weaver says in a statement that: "Now that the homes have been identified and the permits are secured, crews can get to work replacing more pipes."

The goal of the program is to replace thousands of lead-tainted service lines in the city. She says galvanized steel lines also will be replaced.

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