Flint mayor: Cost of lead fix could hit $1.5 billion


Mayor Karen Weaver and Gov. Rick Snyder met to discuss how to resolve the lead contamination of Flint’s drinking water.

Source: Flint mayor: Cost of lead fix could hit $1.5 billion

Flint’s drinking water became contaminated with lead in 2014 after its supply source was switched from Lake Huron water provided by what was then the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the more polluted and corrosive Flint River, while the city was under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver said Thursday it could cost as much as $1.5 billion to fix the city’s damaged water distribution system, as state officials warned Flint residents not to drink their tap water without using a filter to strain out lead.

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