Flint resumes effort to repair over 1,800 yards damaged by lead pipe replacement

Flint, Michigan – The City of Flint and the State of Michigan are resuming repairs to the yards and streets of approximately 1,848 homes damaged by excavation and replacement of lead service lines.

Michigan submitted a request on May 30, 2024 to assist the city by administering and funding the yard and street renovations after the city submitted a request for assistance.

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The application calls for the restorations to be completed by August 1, 2025 at the latest.

Of the $97 million in state funds allocated to excavate, replace and restore lead service lines in Flint, all but approximately $1.1 to $1.2 million has been spent. The cost to complete the restoration work required under the settlement agreement is approximately $4,620,000, not including additional project management costs.

Flint residents can pick up free water filters for their faucets at City Hall in downtown Flint and at the City of Flint Service Center on Clio Road. Free water testing kits are also available for pickup.

Flint has completed 29,777 water service line excavations and identifications to date, including replacing 10,529 lead service lines. The remaining lines were copper and did not require replacement.

Flint had originally committed to replacing all old lead pipes by January 1, 2020. However, for financing and management reasons, this date was gradually pushed back – first to 2021, then to 2022 and finally to August 1, 2023.

In August 2023, Flint Beat reported that LaJoyce Howard's pipes were replaced in the fall of 2020, but her sidewalk was compromised after the repaired area was covered with gravel, allowing tree roots to grow over it.

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