Community Flint Water Crisis

Deadline approaching rapidly to sign up for the Pipe Replacement Program

The last day to sign up for the Fast Start Lead Service Line Pipe Replacement Program is Friday, September 18, 2020. This means completing a consent form to have service lines looked at and replaced, if needed.

Unless the City of Flint’s deadline is extended this is residents’ last chance to get their lead service lines replaced for free – an approximate $5,000 value per property. After September 18th, it will be the property owner’s responsibility to hire a contractor and pay for the pipe replacement on their own. The service lines are the outside pipes that bring water to homes and businesses.

In order to be eligible for the Fast Start program, a property must have had an active water service account at any time since 2017. Vacant properties can qualify if their owners have water service turned on by September 18th by calling the City of Flint Customer Service Center at (810) 766-7015 (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Same day water restoration is not available when paying online.

Anyone who signed up before March 15, 2019 and hasn’t had their pipe checked needs to sign up again.

To see where lead service line pipes are known or expected to still be in the ground, visit www.FlintPipeMap.org

To sign up, complete the consent/opt-in form online at  https://www.cityofflint.com/fast-start-online-opt-in-form/,  print the opt-in form at https://www.cityofflint.com/wp-content/uploads/Consent-Form-Notification-Letter-mlr-8.13.2020.pdf and drop it off at City Hall or email a photo of the completed form to GetTheLeadOut@cityofflint.com.

If any neighborhood group is willing to use the time remaining to reach out to neighbors – especially those who are likely to have lead water service line pipe in their yards but it’s not yet been checked to make sure-the local grassroots environmental justice organization Environmental Transformation Movement of Flint (ETM Flint) can drop off copies of the Fast Start consent form or help with door to door if canvassing needed. Contact ETM Flint at etmflint@gmail.com or (810) 845-4633 to discuss this.

 

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