Work ramps up to replace Flint's lead water lines

Mayor Karen Weaver says goal is to replace lines by end of month

FLINT, Mich. – Flint's mayor says work is ramping up to replace lead service lines amid the city's crisis with lead-tainted water.

 Mayor Karen Weaver issued an update Monday on her "Fast Start" program, saying crews are expected to replace lines at two houses a day through the end of March if weather permits.

The first line was replaced with a new copper line under the program earlier this month, two are expected to be replaced on Monday and other homes getting replacements have been identified. 

Weaver said in a statement that: "Now that the homes have been identified and the permits are secured, crews can get to work replacing more pipes."

The goal of the program is to replace thousands of lead-tainted service lines in the city. She says galvanized steel lines also will be replaced.

Earlier on Monday, Gov. Rick Snyder released details of new comprehensive action plans will help resolve Flint's lead-tainted water crisis in the coming years.

Snyder said the plan improve public health, deal with old infrastructure, support educational services and boost employment.

Plans include replacing drinking water fixtures, replacing some lead service lines, boosting health and educational resources and developing new home mortgage options for the city.

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Fast Start pipe removal update March 21, 2016