Flint to start replacing service lines - WNEM TV 5

Flint to start replacing service lines

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Work will soon begin to replace more of the lead service lines around the city of Flint.

So far, 33 service lines have been replaced.

"I do want to thank people for their patience and let them know we're going to be getting to them as soon as possible," Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said.

Weaver is excited to launch the next phase of Flint's Fast Start Initiative. About 250 homes will get their water service lines replaced during the next installment of the program.

"This has been a long process and people have been angry. They've been frustrated and rightfully so because we deserve this to have happened much sooner," Weaver said.

The work will cost $2 million from state funds.

The director of the program said residents in three areas of the Vehicle City can expect to see the projects to begin soon.

"We can actually be out there in about five days, figuring the amount of time necessary to pull the permits and have Miss Dig go out there and locate all the lines and mark them," Michael McDaniel said.

He said the work will be performed by local contractors. He urges residents to cooperate with them.

"They're out there to help you. They want to replace your service line at no cost to you, but they have to have your signed permission to do so," McDaniel said.

Meanwhile, residents said they're glad to see the program coming to their street.

"If it's like a plus, as far as getting out drinking water back together, I'm all for it," said Won Scott, resident slated for line replacement.

While he's glad efforts are being made to restore clean water, he wonders if the work will make a difference.

"Once you get the street fixed, what are they going to do about where else the water comes from? Wherever the main water pipes come from," Scott said.

As for Weaver, she hopes all residents grant the city permission to have their service lines replaced.

"We need their cooperation because once we have those three days, they're ready to go," Weaver said.

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