Mayor Weaver says lead pipes will be removed in certain homes ASAP

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FLINT (WJRT) - (02/02/16) - Flint Mayor Karen Weaver wants certain households in Flint to have their lead pipes taken out immediately - and she says she's going to make it happen.

She talked about the need for that action in a press conference Tuesday.

Weaver says her first priority right now is to replace lead pipes in households with pregnant women or kids under 6. She says this has to happen immediately.

"I am morally obligated to use every bit of the power and authority my office has to make Flint's water safe,” Weaver said.

Weaver was joined by mayors from several other cities who serve as her mentors. Virg Bernero of Lansing will offer support for the project; his city's been replacing its pipes for the last 10 years.

Weaver says it'll cost 2 to $3,000 per home to replace those pipes and will require about four hours of work. She didn't give specifics, but said it'll be paid for by both public and private funds.

She also announced the creation of the Flint Advisory Community Team, which will be made up of Flint residents. Co-chairs will be named soon and applications will be made available to the public, too.

Weaver is also creating the Flint Action and Sustainability team - or FAST - to help plan future projects. A retired Brigadier general will help create the team.

Weaver says the work in Flint is just getting started.

"We've gotta have a plan for what's next. A bold and comprehensive strategy not only to pick up the pieces, but to put it all back together again and move this city forward to a flourishing, a prosperous and sustainable future,” she said.

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