Some Flint homes with new wa­ter lines didn’t have high lead

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD -

Thir­teen of the first batch of 33 homes to get new a wa­ter line in Flint didn’t have high lev­els of lead, The Flint Jour­nal says.

Mayor Karen Weaver promised to tar­get homes with high lead lev­els in wa­ter and where chil­dren, older res­i­dents and preg­nant women live, but many of the 33 homes, which were in var­i­ous parts of the city, didn’t fit the cri­te­ria, The Flint Jour­nal said Thurs­day, cit­ing a re­port by a con­trac­tor, Rowe Pro­fes­sional Ser­vices and state tests.

The mayor’s spokesper­son, Kristin Moore, de­fended the work.

“Mayor Weaver’s goal is to re­place all the lead-tainted pipes in the city of Flint, so the pipes lead­ing to these homes would be re­placed at some point any­way,” Moore said. “Do­ing the work at sev­eral houses on a street, rather than just one house here and there in a neigh­bour­hood will save time and money in re­gards to needed road and pave­ment re­pairs and avoid fur­ther con­struc­tion, dis­rup­tion and in­con­ve­nience to res­i­dents.”

Over 18 months, lead leached from old pipes into Flint’s wa­ter sup­ply when the city used wa­ter from the Flint River. The wa­ter wasn’t treated for cor­ro­sive­ness.

Betty Har­ris said her lead re­sults were un­re­mark­able, and she was sur­prised to get a new ser­vice line, which brings wa­ter into her home.

“They came in and they checked every­thing, and I thought the guy said every­thing was all right,” Har­ris said. “Next thing I know, these peo­ple are com­ing in and telling me they were go­ing to re­place my pipes.”

The state of Michi­gan has ap­proved $27 mil­lion for pipe re­place­ment in Flint, but it’s up to the city to pick the homes.

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