NORTHRIDGE, CA — Flint and the state of Michigan reached a nearly $100 million settlement today to replace lead contaminated pipes to 18,000 homes by 2020.
The federal court agreement was filed on Monday, which will use both federal and state funds.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded $100 million to Flint back in March to improve water infrastructure after congressional approval in 2016.
Credit, Detroit Free Press
$87 million of the settlement will go towards pipe replacement, while an additional $10 million will be kept on reserve.
A judge in federal court will review the agreement on Tuesday.
Flint residents haven’t had safe drinking water since 2014 when the city switched their water source from Detroit to the Flint River.
The State Department of Environmental Qualities advised the city to properly treat the new contaminated water but it was not done properly.
The untreated water permanently damaged the cities water pipes, leading to lead contamination.
Exposure to any amount of lead puts human health at risk, especially in young children.
By Shelby Charlene
Contributions from The Huffington Post
Photo, Kimberly P. Mitchell / Detroit Free Press via ZUMA
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