Crews Start Replacing Troublesome Lead Water Pipes In Flint

Work starting Friday will target lead service lines at homes in neighborhoods with homes where water tests indicate high levels of lead at the tap.

(Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)
(Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)
Waldorf & Sons Excavating crew foreman Brian Damon unhooks a lead service line - the first being removed in the city - after digging for hours on Thursday, March 3, 2016, Flint, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)Waldorf & Sons Excavating crew foreman Brian Damon unhooks a lead service line - the first being removed in the city - after digging for hours on Thursday, March 3, 2016, Flint, Mich. (Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

Crews in Flint are starting to dig up old lead pipes connecting water mains to homes as part of efforts to allay the city's contaminated water crisis.

Mayor Karen Weaver says work starting Friday will target lead service lines at homes in neighborhoods with the highest number of children under 6 years old, senior citizens, pregnant women, people with compromised immune systems and homes where water tests indicate high levels of lead at the tap.

(Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)(Jake May/The Flint Journal-MLive.com via AP)

On Thursday, a crew dug up a service line leading to a Flint home as part of a separate effort funded by group of private, charitable, business and community groups.

Also Friday, Democratic Rep. Dan Kildee of Michigan is set to lead a delegation of 25 members of congress to hear from Flint residents.

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