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Flint, state at odds over how to locate lead pipes

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State and Flint officials are locked in a dispute over how the city looks for lead pipes.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver says she is putting “people over profit” in her dispute with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

The city is still looking for lead and galvanized pipes connecting Flint homes to city water mains.

At issue is the city’s decision to stop using a tool that uses high pressure water to bore inspection holes to find the pipes and instead have workers dig eight- and ten-foot trenches.

The trenches are more expensive, but the city insists they are more accurate.

But last week, the state informed the city it will no longer use money from a legal settlement to pay for the more expensive digging.

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