Flint to start removing lead pipes next week

file0001344540236Next week, the city of Flint will start removing lead service lines.

Decaying pipes have been leaching lead into the city’s drinking water.

Governor Rick Snyder says he supports removing the pipes, but he wants to wait on a new study of Flint’s water system.

The city of Flint plans to start digging up lead service lines next week.

The pipes have been leaching lead into the city’s drinking water.

Mayor Karen Weaver says the pipes will be replaced at vacant homes first as part of a training exercise.

Governor Rick Snyder says he’s “concerned” about the timing, since a company his office has just hired hasn’t identified where all the lead pipes are in Flint.

But Snyder expects work will start soon.

“I don’t know if I’d want to say next week or not, but we’re talking a very short timeline to start having some pipes replaced in the community,” he said.

The legislature is considering 25 million dollars to remove thousands of lead service lines in Flint.

Flint officials estimate the cost at closer to 55 million dollars.