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After a lawsuit was placed on Michigan and the city of Flint, both decided to help the citizens of the city by replacing the lead pipes that were infecting the water that’s flowing through them.
Per Fox News, “Michigan and the city of Flint agreed Monday to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit by residents over lead-contaminated water in the struggling city.”
Flint, Michigan has until 2020 to replace its lead contaminated pipes.
HuffPost explains, “Flint, Michigan will replace its crumbling pipes by 2020 to settle a lawsuit over its lead contaminated water crisis.”
Their goal is to replace about 18,000 underground water pipes.
The Washington Post states, “Michigan and the city of Flint agreed Monday to replace thousands of home water lines under a sweeping deal to settle a lawsuit by residents over lead-contaminated water in the struggling city.”
As of March 27, 700 water lines had already been replaced. The agreement means the residents don’t have to pay for the waterpipes to be replaced.
Per Fox News, “More than 700 water lines already have been replaced and work is ongoing, but the agreement would rid Flint’s roughly 100,000 residents of uncertainty over how to pay for the enormous task. Under the settlement, the state will set aside $87 million and keep another $10 million in reserve if necessary.”
This victory for the residents of Flint means cleaner and healthier water. It will also create jobs for the city which makes everybody happy.
HuffPost explains, “Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (Republican) praised the agreement and said in a statement that the state will also focus on economic development, job placement and riverfront revitalization projects to improve Flint’s future.”
The people of Flint are happy at the victory. It was only through citizens making their voice heard that the state decided to provide clean water to the people.
The Washington Post states, “‘This is a win for the people of Flint,’ Melissa Mays, a plaintiff in the case and one of the parents who first sounded the alarm about Flint’s water, said in a statement. ‘When the government fails to uphold democracy and protect our rights to clean water, we have to stand up and fight. The greatest lesson I’ve learned from Flint’s water crisis is that change only happens when you get up and make your voice heard.’”
Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties are sharing Christ’s hope in tangible ways by providing clean water.
Per Catholic Charities, “During the Flint Water Recovery Efforts, Catholic Charities is providing help to those in need through its Center for Hope Community Closet and North End Soup Kitchens. Families and individuals in need are able to take home bottled water, as supplies allow.”
Pray for all 18,000 lead pipes to be replaced. Pray for more people to come to know Christ’s hope through the work of Catholic Charities. Pray for more jobs to be created through this.