Flint Says 90 Percent of Unexplored Water Lines Likely Won’t Need Replacement

Flint Says 90 Percent of Unexplored Water Lines Likely Won’t Need Replacement

Ron Fonger | mlive

The city expects approximately 90 percent of water service lines it has yet to unearth will be made of copper and won’t require replacement.

The deputy program manager for the city’s service line project makes the projection in an Aug. 14 memorandum, which comes on the heels of Mayor Karen Weaver’s decision to traditionally excavate all remaining, unexplored lines.

“Based on the 2018 experience, the quantity or percentage of lead service lines have been decreasing significantly while the copper to copper line(s) have increased correspondingly,” Ed Tharp, Flint Action and Sustainability Team deputy program manager, wrote in the memo posted online by the state Department of Environmental Quality Monday, Aug. 20…(Read the full story)

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