Flint Water Crisis: Court Sets 2020 Deadline To Replace 18000 Water Lines

U.S. District Judge David Lawson has called for a hearing on this proposed settlement in Detroit on Tuesday at 1 pm.

The state of MI will pay $87 million to replace water lines to thousands of homes in lead-contaminated Flint under a settlement agreement submitted Monday. They also accused the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of failing to warn them of the dangers of the toxic water or to take steps to ensure that state and local authorities were addressing the crisis.

On Monday, the Associated Press reported that the city of Flint, Michigan, as well as the state of Michigan, agreed to replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel pipes in the city that are leaching harmful pollutants into the residents' drinking water. The city's water supply had been contaminated by lead after a switch from Lake Huron to the Flint river as a source in April 2014.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has acknowledged a mistake in failing to require the use of corrosion control chemicals as part of the treatment process.

Tests showed water lead levels above the federal limit and a dramatic increase in the number of children with elevated lead levels in their blood.

Recent testing shows that the lead levels in the city's drinking water are below the threshold to comply with federal regulations, but residents are still advised not to drink tap water unless it is filtered, and many people are still relying on bottled water. While a portion of that money will go to ripping out old pipes that contributed to the city's lead crisis, Flint also intends to spend a large portion of the grant money modernizing its water treatment plant, replacing meters and fixing distribution mains. The settlement is retroactive to January 1. 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. In addition, the state will be responsible for appointing a third party to monitor the lead levels of 100 homes for at least three years.

  • Zachary Reyes