Wednesday, March 29, 2017

$97 Million Water Settlement Hailed as a Big Victory for Flint

Activists and public officials alike welcomed a deal Tuesday that will rip up thousands of corroded water lines in Flint, Michigan, but they said the lead-contaminated city still has a long way to go before it's back on its feet.

A U.S. district judge in Detroit approved a settlement in a lawsuit on Tuesday, freeing up almost $100 million in state money to tear out lead or galvanized-steel water lines leading to at least 18,000 Flint homes by Jan. 1, 2020.

"I am happy," Mayor Karen Weaver said after the hearing, calling the settlement a "step in the right direction ... as we work to recover from the man-made water disaster." 

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