Michigan Courts Reach Agreement To Replace 18,000 Pipes In Flint By 2020
Flint, Michigan has been without clean water since the switch of the city's water source back in April 2014. That's three straight years of drinking, bathing, brushing teeth, washing faces with water straight from a water bottle or risking the chance of being exposed to lead from contaminated pipes.
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Before leaving the White House, President Obama and the US Senate approved a $170 million bill granting funds to aid Flint and replace corrosive pipes. According to the Associated Press, a court filing has ruled that the city of Flint will agree to replace at least 18,000 lead or galvanized steel water lines by 2020. The state of Michigan will pay the $97 million bill and keep another $10 million from federal in reserve if necessary.
Elevated levels of lead were detected in children who could suffer from brain damage or developmental delays as a result of lead poisoning. Locals reported of losing hair, rapid weight loss and getting rashes. According to the Detroit Free Press, nearly 90 people came down with Legionnaires' disease and ten of those cases ended in fatality.
The settlement will be presented to a federal judge in Detroit on Tuesday for approval.