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Kickstarting Flint's 'Fast Start' lead pipe replacement program

Crew works on replacing a lead service line in Flint earlier this year.
Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio
Crew works on replacing a lead service line in Flint earlier this year.

Flint city officials are scheduled to sit down with seven contractors tomorrow with hopes of getting the city’s pipe replacement program back on track.

Contractors submitted bids last week to replace hundreds of lead service lines in Flint.

The pipes connect homes to city water mains, and are a prime source of lead that’s leeching into Flint’s drinking water.

But Mayor Karen Weaver says those bids were “extremely high.” She says Monday’s meeting is intended to hopefully find ways to reduce the cost.

“We’ve got to be more responsible with the money because we’ve got to make that go further,” says Weaver.

Weaver says it’s important to get the “process going.”

To date, the city has only replaced 33 service lines. There are thousands of service lines city officials want to replace. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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