Judge considering plan on fix for 18000 Flint water lines

Judge considering plan on fix for 18000 Flint water lines

A court filing Monday says Flint will replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines by 2020, and the state will pick up the bill with state and federal money.

The multi-million dollar settlement forces the state of MI to pay almost $0 million to fix the pipes.

The proposed settlement also requires the state to pay $895,000 to the plaintiffs who brought the 2016 lawsuit, to cover their litigation costs.

Flint's water was tainted with lead for at least 18 months, starting in spring 2014.

Flint's water crisis began as a cost-cutting measure in 2014, when the city switched its water source from Detroit's municipal service to water from the Flint River, which it treated itself.

In addition to the pipe removal, the 92-page agreement requires the state to send teams to Flint homes to educate people about how to properly use filters to reduce lead.

In the meantime, Flint's nine Community Water Resources Sites will still be open to distribute bottled water and free filters, filter cartridges, and water testing kits.

"I don't feel safe, period, anymore", Jones, a Flint apartment resident, said by phone. As a result, lead leached from old pipes and fixtures.

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The proposed timeline looks to replace lines in at least 6,000 households by 2018, 12,000 by the following year and the remaining 6,000 in 2020.

Earlier this month, the EPA awarded $100 million for Flint to update its drinking water infrastructure.

A federal judge will be given the new settlement on Tuesday for sign-off, according to AP. Federal Judge David Lawson singled out Governor Snyder for his willingness to settle.

MI will also expand Community Outreach and Resident Education programs in order to provide education, installation, and expansion of water filters.

People experienced rashes and hair loss when high levels of lead were found in the local water supply.

Flint switched back to the previous water system in October 2015. The state will make its best efforts to have at least 90 filter education specialists at work throughout the city, eight hours per day, Monday through Saturday, with specialists also available on Sundays by appointment and for follow-up.

Jones, the Flint senior citizen, said she wasn't sure whether pipes leading to her apartment complex were identified as being among the housing units that needed service pipes replaced.

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