Judge approves plan on fix for 18000 Flint water lines

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A court filing that appeared on Monday hopes to change that: the city of Flint is expected to replace 18,000 water lines - an $87 million project - by 2020, according to CBS News.

MI and the city of Flint agreed Monday to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit by residents over lead-contaminated water in the struggling community.

Flint, Michigan has been without clean water since the switch of the city's water source back in April 2014. As a result, lead leached from old pipes and fixtures.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson will review the settlement during a 1 p.m. hearing Tuesday in Detroit in what is the latest legal development in Flint's widespread lead-contamination crisis. Flint returned to using Detroit's water nine months later, but the damage had already been done - a fifth of Flint water samples were found to exceed EPA lead limits in research conducted at Virginia Tech University.

The group sued Flint and MI on behalf of residents, along with the American Civil Liberties Union of MI.

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Mays: "No, until everything is fixed, until our water is completly safe from all risky contaminants, and not even just meet the federal regulations, but actually safe to drink without a filter, and we have medical care for the rest of our lives and people are made whole again, then we'll talk". The court appointed a mediator in December to draft an agreement. For the first time, there will be an enforceable commitment to get the lead pipes out of the ground.

Melissa Mays, a plaintiff in the case and one of the parents who confirmed Flint's water was contaminated with lead through independent testing, said "This is a win for the people of Flint".

"The residents who filed this lawsuit had also wanted bottled water delivered to every Flint home without a working water filter", Michigan Radio's Kate Wells tells our Newscast unit. Depending on water quality, all nine may be closed by September 1.The state will continue to deliver water to homebound residents for the next few months, Wells adds.

The State to fund a pair of extensive tap water monitoring programs, beyond what is legally required under federal law, to test hundreds of homes in Flint.

Lead in water supplies can cause profound and permanent health problems, particularly in children whose brains and nervous systems are still developing.

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