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Flint's pipe replacement reaching critical milestone this week

Flint Mayor Weaver, Lansing Mayor Bernaro, and Ret. Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel stand next to the lead pipe.
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One of the first pipes being replaced in Flint. Flint Mayor Weaver, Lansing Mayor Bernaro, and Ret. Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel stand next to the lead pipe.

Flint’s pipe replacement program faces a critical deadline at the end of this week.

By Friday, Flint needs to replace its 2,037th lead or galvanized service line.

That would be approximately 7% of the estimated number of suspect pipes tied to the city’s lead tainted tap water crisis.

The mandated 7% threshold is part of the federal Lead and Copper Rule.  

As of the middle of last week, work crews had switched out more than 1,800 service lines.  The head of the pipe replacement program says they are replacing pipes at a rate of 50 a day. 

He says at that pace, barring something catastrophic, the city should meet the 7% threshold by month’s end.

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