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