When Service Lines Are Replaced, The Water is Clean

Here is a story that you do not hear much about. After the service lines are replaced in Flint, the water is clean. So what does that mean? Most people do not realize that the water in Flint was not bad. The properties are old with old service lines. It wasn’t until 1986 that lead free plumbing laws were enacted. So if you have a house built before then, there might be lead in the system. Lead pipes, galvanized pipes, copper pipes with lead soldering. All of these types of plumbing will have lead in it. The water from the treatment plant is tested regularly. The water out of your tap is not. There are miles and miles of pipes that your tap water travels through to get into your glass. We didn’t realize this problem until we started investing in Flint. Now we are very educated on the problem. Flint is the poster child for this problem, but they are not the only town with the issue.

98 percent of tested Flint homes with new water lines below lead threshold
Updated Oct 12, 2017; Posted Oct 12, 2017

By Ron Fonger | rfonger1@mlive.com

FLINT, MI — More than 98 percent of Flint homes tested after lead and galvanized service lines were replaced in August met the federal threshold for lead, according to a new report.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has reported results from the fourth round of monthly testing through the Confirming Lead Elimination After Replacement (CLEAR) program.

Results show that after service lines were removed and 187 of those homes were tested, only three exceeded 15 parts per billion of lead in water — 1.7 percent of the replacements.
A home on Gibson Street registered 16 ppb, another on Kansas Avenue recorded 71 ppb and a third on Simcoe Avenue showed 4,275 ppb of lead.

The decision to replace lead and galvanized service lines leading to an estimated 18,000 Flint homes came after Congress and President Barack Obama approved $100 million to help upgrade the city water system and to repair damaged infrastructure.

Local, state and federal officials have said service lines were damaged by corrosive water, drawn from the Flint River and improperly treated while the city for 17 months, beginning in April 2014.

Those damaged service lines leached lead into the city’s drinking water system, the same officials have said.

The city has coordinated the replacement of service lines at 4,709 homes since March 2016, according to a news release from the city on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Its goal is to replace 6,000 lines per year for the next three years.

The CLEAR water monitoring is tracking different homes than those that are tested to meet the requirements of the federal Lead and Copper Rule every six months.

CLEAR testing was one requirement of a lawsuit settlement that involved the city, the state, the Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the American Civil Liberties Union and others.

Water monitoring requirements in the settlement call for the state to test water in homes once before a service line is replaced and six more times after the line has been replaced.

The first two rounds of testing occurred in April and June of this year.
— https://www.mlive.com/news/flint/2017/10/98_percent_of_homes_with_new_w.html