Mayor unveils next phase of lead line replacement - WNEM TV 5

Mayor unveils next phase of lead line replacement

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FLINT, MI (WNEM) -

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver kicking off the second phase of her FAST Start initiative on Friday.

In this phase of the plan, starting on August 19, the goal is to replace lead service lines to about 200 to 250 homes over the next month.

Officials say that of the 250 homes that have been targeted, about 40 or more are not occupied at the current time. If those homes are unoccupied, and unable to be occupied, the contractors will cut and cap the service lines at those locations.

But the first thing that the city and contractors need is to have permission from the homeowners. That includes a signed waiver stating it’s OK for contractors to come on the property. Homeowners will also have to give approval before any water testing is done.

“I’m excited that we’re beginning the next phase in my FAST Start initiative to get the lead out of Flint,” Mayor Weaver said. “With what we learn in this next phase, we should be able to get started on replacing lead-tainted pipes in 5,000 homes this fall.”

Crews employed by Goyette Mechanical Inc., Johnson & Wood, and W.T. Stevens Construction Inc. will be doing the work. Service lines will be replaced from the water main to a home’s water meter if they’re found to be lead or galvanized steel, which has been found to collect lead particles from the water supply. Goyette and W.T. Stevens are Flint companies, and Johnson & Wood is located in Burton

This portion of the FAST Start initiative is being paid for with $2 million from the State of Michigan.

The state has appropriated $25 million to be used to start the next phase of the pipe removal program once this phase is complete.

The City of Flint said that 33 homes had service lines replaced during the first phase of the FAST Start initiative.

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