Company offers to replace pipes in Flint for free - WNEM TV 5

Company offers to replace pipes in Flint for free

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New information is coming to light about a generous offer to the city of Flint that the city has not accepted.

The cost to replace all the lead service lines in Flint has been estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, but one company offered to replace them all for free.

A pipe company in California offered to donate its services in February, but they claim no one at City Hall answered their calls.

"I can't believe the city wouldn't even consider it. They should listen," said Mike Fenn, Flint resident.

The CEO of JM Eagle, the largest plastic pipe company in North America, made Flint an offer on Feb. 22 that the city could not refuse. The company offered to provide enough free pipe to replace all of the residential and commercial pipes in the city.

"That's the best way to handle it with plastic pipes instead of copper ones," said Floyd Macklin, handyman at Greater Holy Temple in Flint.

Macklin believes the city should consider plastic pipe over the copper pipes that are currently being used to replace lead service lines. The city said plastic pipes are not acceptable.

The city of Burton, which borders Flint, is replacing its 1930 infrastructure with plastic pipes. The process could save taxpayers nearly half a million dollars.

The city of Flint was not available for comment.

JM Eagle is under some pending litigation, which could be the reason Flint has been slow to pull the trigger on the alternative to fixing the water crisis.

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