Flint water settlement orders lead pipes replaced

The state of MI will provide Flint up to $87 million to upgrade water pipes and set up water bottle distribution centers so that residents can have clean drinking water under the terms of the settlement proposed on Monday. The group is working with churches in Flint to get the water out to people who still have high levels of lead in the water in their homes. The state also will set aside $10 million to cover unexpected costs, bringing the total to $97 million.

Replacement of pipes will be completed by January 2020, the agreement states.

The man-made water crisis began in 2014 when city officials swapped the water supply from the Detroit River to the Flint River.

"We have oversight. We get to be there every step of the way", Mays said, adding: "Until I get that "all clear" in my house, that trust won't be built until the pipes are out of the ground".

The Court will retain authority to enforce the agreement and to ensure that the State and City meet their deadlines and fulfil their obligations.

But the plaintiffs would get a schedule for water line replacements while the state gets a schedule for weaning the City of Flint off the community resource stations where bottled water, water filters and filter replacement cartridges now are distributed free.

"Flint has actually been meeting all federal water safety standards for at least 6 months, and in similar situations, residents of other cities in the United States are routinely told that their water is "safe" to drink, even without filtration", Dr. Edwards tells The Christian Science Monitor via email. While under the control of state-appointed financial managers, the city tapped the Flint River as its water source while a new pipeline was being built to Lake Huron.

Gov. Rick Snyder finally acknowledged the disaster in fall 2015 after elevated lead levels were found in children. "State officials note the latest 6-month cycle of water testing that had results below the federal action level for the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR)". Some residents still don't trust their tap water, even with a filter.

"Now that we have a federal lawsuit, a settlement, they can't go back on their word".

On December 28, 2016, the District Court appointed a settlement master for the goal of mediating settlement discussions between Plaintiffs, the State, and the City.

A federal judge must decide on Tuesday to approve the settlement, reports The Washington Post.

-The agreement does not call for door-to-door bottled water delivery, which the plaintiffs had sought, but calls for residents to be able to call the 2-1-1 city phone number and receive free water deliveries within 24 hours.

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