Michigan State Proposes $97 Million Flint Water Crisis Deal
- Author: Anthony Vega Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 2:08
The state will pay $87 million to identify and replace the service lines containing lead or galvanized steel by 2020, according to the settlement approved by U.S. District Judge David Lawson in Detroit, court documents said.
The agreement provides almost $100 million to Flint for replacement of lead service lines.
There will be tests for lead in the Flint system every six months until one year after the replacement of water lines.
Mays and three groups - Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Civil Liberties Union of MI - filed the lawsuit in January 2016. Reneta Richard, a 38-year-old teacher, said another few years for new pipes "compiles the despair that I see and feel".
Flint will also continue to operate at least nine Community Water Resources Sites around the city, where they distribute bottled water as well as filters, filter cartridges and water testing kits to residents free of charge.
A judge will review the settlement agreement at a hearing in federal court Tuesday.
Flint's water crisis drew global headlines and prompted a state of emergency after high levels of lead were found in the blood of local children. The centers could close as early as September 1, subject to test results on Flint tap water. It turned out that the water was so corrosive that it quickly eroded the city's water pipes, collecting iron, lead, and other metals on its way to residents' homes.
The changes followed state officials' declarations that the water quality has improved, but city residents are still being advised not to drink the water unless it has been properly filtered.
The city says it estimates pipes leading to 20,000 households need to be replaced, and it wants to complete this by the end of 2019. Following the public outcry, Flint switched back to the Detroit water source in October 2015. The state would expand its program of water filter education, installation and maintenance and make its best efforts to have at least 90 filter education specialists at work throughout the city, eight hours a day, Monday through Saturday with specialists also available Sundays by appointment and for follow-up.
President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama had a hand in last week's grant of $100 million to address the lead in the drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan, despite a report that seeks to give Trump credit for the funding. "The people of Flint are owed at least this much", Dimple Chaudhary, an attorney for NRDC, said in a statement. In 2016, the city was under a declaration of emergency from the state.