Wednesday, July 5, 2017

As of June, 2017, 1,871 pipes replaced in Flint under Mayor Weaver's Fast Start Initiative.

According to a press release from the office of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, 1,871 lead-tainted service lines have been replaced in the city of Flint as of June 26, 2017. The city is in phase four of Mayor Weaver's FAST Start initiative. The initiative is part of Mayor Weaver's plan to replace lead-tainted pipes in 6,000 homes in Flint.

Crews from four Flint area companies are replacing lead galvanized lines that lead from the street to the water meter in Flint homes during this fourth phase of Fast Start. The fourth phase is an extension of the Mayor's efforts to restore safe and clean drinking water to the residents of Flint.

According to the press release, "Crews discovered copper service lines at 479 homes that did not need to be replaced." Soon the FAST Start Initiative will begin checking the composition of 4,000  service lines using hydro-excavation in order that replacement crews can avoid digging up copper lines and concentrate on homes with lead galvanized pipes.

Jeff Brown
Editor & Publisher
Purple Walrus Press.
Downtown Flint. Purple Walrus Press photo.

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