Flint Begins Digging Up Dirt…And Lead

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Flint, MI - It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it.

"My mission is to totally get the lead out of Flint," City of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver declared. And that's why crews are now hard at work to get the lead out.

Flint's first lead pipe is out, and residents are excited.

"Gives me hope," Flint resident Judy Thurston remarked.

"We need funds to be able to fix this infrastructure," Weaver demanded. She said officials need to "make sure we've got quality water and make sure these families have the services and support they deserve."

Flint's mayor had asked the state for $55 Million to dig up the dirty lead pipe across the city.

But Michigan's governor had another idea: the state is going house-to-house to see just where the lead lines exist.

Still, Flint's mayor is digging in. Weaver decided to start replacing 8,000 lead service lines with $2 Million in other city funds, and the project appears to be working. The goal is to remove 29 pipes in the next 29 days.

"We're starting with homes we've identified as high priority, and we're going to continue to do it that way," Weaver explained.

City of Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero has a crew pitching in to help as well using a "threading" pipe technique. "We just dig a couple of small holes and essentially thread while pulling the copper line in," Bernero relayed. "It saves a third of the time and at least a third of the money."

"I'm glad to see that something is being done instead of just talk," Thurston shared.

Of course if this new technique doesn't work, they can always call in the Dow Scrubbing Bubbles to do some dirty work.