FLINT, Mich. — Since Mayor Weaver’s FAST Start began in March 2016, crews from five area companies have completed excavation at 17,679 homes. As of April 2018, 8,846 homes have been checked. According to reports from contractors, crews have identified copper service lines at a total of 7,401 homes, 1,445 homes have been identified as having lead and/or galvanized service lines.
Overall, to date, service lines to 7,673 homes have been identified as lead and/or galvanized and have been replaced, including 1,445 homes found this year. The efforts are a part of Mayor Karen Weaver’s plan to determine if water service lines are made of copper, and replace service lines made of lead and galvanized steel. Mayor Weaver is determined to restore safe, clean drinking water to Flint residents.
To be eligible for service line replacements, residents must have an active water account. They also must sign 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.
The goal is to have all of Flint’s lead-tainted service lines replaced by the end of 2019. More information about the FAST Start initiative can be found on the City of Flint website