Flint accepts copper pipe deal, but PE under consideration for pilot area

Catherine Kavanaugh, Plastics News on March 09, 2017

Flint, Mich. - Members of the Copper Development Association Inc. helped the city of Flint acquire enough copper pipe to replace lead-tainted service lines to about 5,000 houses at a discount of about $1 million.

But plastic pipe is still under consideration as the city plans to replace some 20,000 service lines connecting homes to water mains over the next three years at an estimated cost of $106 million.

Flint is on a long road to recovery from the water crisis that caused lead to leach into the system in 2014 and still has residents drinking only filtered or bottled water.

Los Angeles-based JM Eagle, the largest plastics pipe producer in North America, was willing to provide free polyethylene pipe to replace lead service lines (LSLs) to all homes and businesses. However, the donation proposed by CEO Walter Wang to the Flint City Council in February 2016 seemed to languish without any public consideration or comment.

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