State Will Spend $47 Million More on Flint Under Proposed Lawsuit Settlement

2017 work continues on the water replacement lines in Flint Mich. Chris Ehrmann AP

The agreement requires the State of MI to provide almost $100 million to the City for replacement of Flint's lead service lines.

More money on its way to replace thousands of lead water pipes in Flint, Michigan.

Mays and three groups - Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the American Civil Liberties Union of MI - filed the lawsuit in January 2016.

-The agreement does not call for door-to-door bottled water delivery, which the plaintiffs had sought, but calls for residents to be able to call the 2-1-1 city phone number and receive free water deliveries within 24 hours. "Now we have something in place to make sure they do what they say they're going to do", said Pastor Allen Overton, who brought the lawsuit on behalf of Concerned Pastors for Social Action.

Replacement of pipes will be completed by January 2020, the agreement states. Lead soon began contaminating the city's water source.

"Flint has actually been meeting all federal water safety standards for at least 6 months, and in similar situations, residents of other cities in the USA are routinely told that their water is "safe" to drink, even without filtration", Dr. Edwards tells The Christian Science Monitor via email. As a result, lead leached from old pipes and fixtures.


Flint's water contamination emerged when tests found high amounts of lead in blood samples taken from children in the predominantly black city of about 100,000.

The settlement also identifies several health services and programs that will continue being provided to Flint residents such as, expanded Medicaid services for pregnant women and children under 21 through March 2021.

Michael Steinberg, legal director of the ACLU of MI, said he was pleased that "Flint can finally look forward to a long-term solution to a catastrophe that has devastated the community".

This agreement is set to be made official before a court on Tuesday, finally giving some hope to the people who have dealt with so much during this frightful ordeal. It includes much of what a coalition of civil rights activists, religious leaders, and the National Resources Defense Council initially sought and would force Flint and MI to commit to long-term plans for rectifying the lead crisis. The federal government will also help pay.

Mays told CNN past year that her family was relying on bottled water rather than water filters, in part because of guidance she's received that the filters aren't sufficient for people with certain health challenges.

Flint has been in the midst of a water crisis since 2014, when the city changed its water source from the Detroit River to the Flint River.

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