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Flint in line for grant to replace lead water lines

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

The city of Flint is a step closer to getting money from the state to replace lead service lines.

Governor Snyder says the state has approved a grant request from the city.

“That frees up $2 million that could be … several hundred lead service line replacements,” says Snyder.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says this is a “positive step.”

“Going forward I hope we can work collaboratively to convince state and federal lawmakers to bring additional financial assistance to Flint to meet the city's immediate and long-term needs, including wraparound services for children, infrastructure, blight elimination and other critical areas,” Weaver said in a written statement.

There could be as many as 15,000 lead service lines that need to be replaced at a cost that may exceed $50 million. 

Snyder says the city still has some things to do before it can get the money.

The city plans to start training workers on how to remove lead lines next week. 

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