When I told my readers to "Stay tuned for the last entry of the month," I didn't know what I'd write about, as this has been a news-rich week while I have been looking back at last year's top posts. I was finally inspired by the confluence of World Water Day, which falls on March 22nd, when I'm normally busy posting statistics for the past year of this blog and a development in the Flint Water Crisis that happened this week.* WXYZ reports Judge approves plan to fix 18,000 Flint water lines.
NPR has more in Judge Approves $97 Million Settlement To Replace Flint's Water Lines.
In a victory for Flint residents, the state of Michigan has agreed to spend up to $97 million for new water lines in the city of Flint, which has been struggling with a crisis over lead in its water for the past three years.I haven't written directly about the Flint Water Crisis since WXYZ updated the Flint Water Crisis on Monday last May, although I did mention it in passing on St. Patrick's Day, when MLive featured the bars and restaurants in Flint. Based on last year's top posts, the election was too much of a shiny object. It's about time I returned to the subject. I'm especially glad to bring good news on the story to close out the month.
A federal judge at the U.S. District Court for Michigan's eastern district approved the agreement Tuesday. Within three years, authorities must examine water service lines for at least 18,000 households and replace those made of lead and galvanized steel.
The state is required to allocate $87 million for the pipe replacement, according to the terms of the deal. The money will come from both state and federal funds. The state will also reserve an additional $10 million in case the job requires it.
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