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The projected cost to repair infrastructure after Flint, Michigan’s two-year water contamination crisis is three times higher than what has been allocated to fix it, a new state report has found.
The report from Flint-based engineering firm Rowe Professional Services, lays out a fixes to the city’s water system over the next several decades at an estimated cost of at least $216 million. The report suggests $80 million is needed to remove about 10,000 lead pipes across the city – more than three times what Michigan governor Rick Snyder has proposed for a forthcoming state budget.
The report calls for the widely supported removal of lead pipes in the city to be completed in eight years. The city’s mayor, Karen Weaver, has estimated $55 million is needed to remove the pipes, and as many as 500 could be removed during an initial phase launched with $2 million from the state.
“If services are replaced at an average rate of at least 2,000 annually, eight years may be required to complete the replacement program,” the report stated.
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