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Flint Mayor says water pipe replacement is ahead of schedule

NOW: Flint Mayor says water pipe replacement is ahead of schedule

FLINT, Mich.—The Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, says that the replacement of the city’s water lines is a year ahead of schedule.

Drinking water pumped from the Flint River was treated incorrectly, causing a protective coating in the pipes to get eaten away due to excessive corrosion.

Particles of lead then drained from the pipes into the water.

Weaver thanked contractors and workers for their work on Tuesday.

She also promises that the new pipes will be tested thoroughly.

“This has been a trust issue and we’re still building trust so we want the water to be tested for a while,” Weaver said.

Weaver says she expects all work to be completed by July 2019.

In the meantime, she is still urging people to drink bottled water or use filters on their tap.

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