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Michigan will spend $87 million to replace Flint's water lines

Michigan will spend $87 million to replace Flint's water lines

Michigan will spend $87 million to replace thousands of aging water pipes in Flint to settle a federal lawsuit over lead-contaminated drinking water, promising to bring an end to a water crisis that made the city a national symbol of crumbling infrastructure.

A federal judge on Tuesday approved the deal, in which the state agreed to replace 18,000 lead or galvanized-steel water lines over the next three years using state and federal funds. Officials will keep an additional $10 million available in reserves to spend if needed.

“We knew all along that the only way we were going to be safe again was if the pipes were ripped out of the ground,” said Melissa Mays, a Flint...

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