Flint mayor outlines plan to replace lead pipes in city

By KATREASE STAFFORD

Detroit Free Press

(TNS) An aggressive plan to remove Flint’s lead-contaminated pipes from the water distribution system was announced Tuesday by city officials who said the city will first target the homes of high-risk populations, including children and pregnant women.

The plan to remove the pipes is in the early stages, Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said, but it will get a major boost in help from Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, who has offered technical assistance from the Lansing Board of Water and Light, which has removed more than 13,000 lead pipes in the city.

“We are here today to take a stand to get the lead out of Flint,” Weaver said. “To start, we must remove and replace lead pipes immediately, and we want to start with the high-risk homes of kids under 6 and pregnant women. …These lead pipes have got to go.”

Weaver said the city will work with the medical community and the Department of Health and Human Services to identify at-risk populations, which might also include elderly people.

Weaver said there’s no plan to relocate residents, and it’s unclear when the pipe replacements will begin. Weaver said the city is still gathering information but she noted the effort is separate from any assistance or aid the state or federal government might plan later.

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