Flint, Mich. — Lead-tainted service lines at 1,794 homes have been replaced so far in Phase 4 of Mayor Karen Weaver’s FAST Start initiative. The effort is part of the mayor’s plan to replace lead-tainted pipes at 6,000 Flint homes in 2017.
Crews from four area companies are replacing lead and galvanized service lines leading from the street to the water meter in residents’ homes during this fourth phase of FAST Start, extending the mayor’s efforts to restore safe, clean drinking water to Flint residents. Overall, service lines to 2,692 homes have been replaced so far since FAST Start began in March 2016.
In addition, crews have identified copper service lines at a total of 639 homes which did not need to be replaced. Workers have begun checking the composition of 4,000 service lines using hydro-excavation. The process will allow pipe replacement crews to avoid digging up copper service lines and concentrate just on homes with lead and galvanized pipes.
To be eligible for service line replacements, residents must have an active water account. They also must have signed a consent card giving permission for the work to be done (consent cards are being delivered to residents). In rental homes, both the owner and the tenant must sign consent cards. Residents are urged to sign the consent cards as soon as possible, so crews working in their neighborhood can replace their service line.
FAST Start crews will continue work in the following areas this week:
– Goyette Mechanical Co.: Copeman Boulevard, Begole Street, Tiffin Street, Dupont Street, Cumings Avenue, Beaver Avenue, Chicago Boulevard, Miller Road, Crescent Drive, South Drive, Camden Avenue, Freeman Avenue, Monroe Street, Partridge Street, Millet Street, Church Street, Linnaeus Avenue and Goodrich Street
– W.T. Stevens Construction: Burr Boulevard, Damon Street, East Myrtle Avenue, Indian Bow Trail, Missouri Avenue, Monteith Street, Nebraska Avenue, North Street, Robin Street, Ogema Avenue, Pettibone Avenue and Woodslea Drive
– Lang Construction: Adams Street, Alexander Street, Francis Street, East Baker Street and West Baker Street
– Waldorf and Sons: Broadway Boulevard, Bennett Avenue and Hamilton Avenue
The goal is to have all of Flint’s lead-tainted service lines — nearly 20,000 — replaced by 2020, with 6,000 pipes replaced annually over the next three years.
More information about the FAST Start initiative can be found on the City of Flint FAST Start Facebook page, as well as on Instagram, Twitter and the City of Flint website www.cityofflint.com. Questions about FAST Start can be directed to the FAST Start office by emailing [email protected] or by calling (810) 410-1133.