Flint enters final phase of lead pipe replacement

FLINT, Mich. (WNEM) – The City of Flint has entered the final phase of its lead pipe replacement program.

The city has replaced 95 percent of its lead plumbing as of Friday, Sept. 30, according to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

The city was due to replace all lead pipes by September 30, but missed that deadline.

The city signed a $17.9 million contract with Lakeshore Global Corporation to complete the final phase of the replacement project, which includes about 1,600 water supply lines, EGLE said.

Those lines will be dug up and replaced with new copper tubing if it’s lead or galvanized, EGLE said, adding that 30 percent of the remaining lines will be lead or galvanized.

Grant dollars from the Federal Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation are expected to provide most of the funding.

“This is great news and we’re making great strides,” Mayor Sheldon Neeley said. “I am very pleased to report that we have reached 95 percent completion and are moving beyond all of our challenges.”

The city is encouraging all remaining water customers who may have leading service lines to call the city at 810-410-1133.

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