FLINT, Mich. (AP) – Drinkable unfiltered tap water for residents in Flint might still be a few years away.

Retired National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel, who is heading the pipe replacement program, says he has an optimistic goal of 2019 for all lead piping to be replaced in the neighborhoods.
McDaniel says pipe replacements are expected to pick up in late April. Construction crews are replacing the old lead lines with new copper ones in neighborhoods most affected.

So far, less than 800 homes have been replaced, but an estimated 20,000 lines need to be replaced. The goal will be to target 6,000 homes a year between 10 different zones in the city. Several issues such as inaccurate city records and monetary issues have hindered progression.


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  1. This is beyond ridiculous at this point! I find it entirely unconscionable and egregious that neither Pres. Obama, Pres. Trump nor Gov. Snyder have requested that the task of replacing the Flint pipe infrastructure be assigned to and carried out by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Navy Seabees!! For God’s sake, the Engineers build locks and channels for international canals!! The Seabees build bridges, etc. for tanks over waterways where on one side there’s mud, and on the other sand. Tanks roll in no time. These Soldier’s are less expensive than so-called contractors, and both need and have more experience doing this. Look at the history and contracts fulfilled by each. My ‘guesstimate’ is with combined effort, the 100K or so homes in Flint could be fully serviceable in 6 – 8 months flat. Thanks for listening. Have A Healthy, Prosperous Day!!
    — Winston

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