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Pipe replacement program back underway in Flint

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Some Flint residents are breathing a sigh of relief after getting the pipes under their homes replaced.

The city’s Fast Start program is back underway.

Crews were hard at work on Wednesday replacing lead-tainted service lines on Calumet Avenue.

“I’m ready for them to get it done,” said Amy Wilcox, Flint resident.

The Fast Start Initiative began back in 2016 as part of Mayor Karen Weaver’s plan to replace Flint’s pipes by 2019.

Weaver said they are well on track.

“When we stopped last year, we were ahead of schedule. So, that’s a good thing. We had done over 6,000 replacements,” Weaver said.

The crews who began work Wednesday morning said with good weather and enough manpower they can replace just as many lines in half the time.

“It really depends on the house and it depends on the situation. But really, we can do anywhere from 10 to 12 a day,” said Jeffrey Grayer, project manager.

Grayer said interacting with residents and getting to know their concerns can go a long way as well.

“It’s been going great. The residents are very open and they welcome us. And they understand. So, they’re considerate and patient. And that’s really what we need in our community right now,” Grayer said.

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