In a story March 19 about the replacement of water lines in Flint, Michigan, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the overall lead level in Flint’s water still exceeds the federal safety limit and the authorities are requiring residents to use state-provided faucet filters. The water no longer exceeds the federal safety limit and the state only recommends that filters be used. The AP also reported that cases of Legionnaire’s disease have been linked to the improperly treated water. Some experts suspect a link, but no federal or state agencies have made that determination.
A corrected version of the story is below:
Effort to replace pipes to Flint homes off to slow start
Flint residents could still be a few years away from drinking unfiltered tap water as the city makes incremental progress on an ambitious timeframe to replace old water service lines that leached lead into homes and businesses
By CHRIS EHRMANN
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Flint residents could still be a few years away from drinking unfiltered tap water as the city makes incremental progress on an ambitious — if not overly optimistic — timeframe to replace old water service lines that leached lead into homes and businesses.
Retired National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael McDaniel, who coordinates the FAST Start initiative, said he has a goal of finishing the pipe replacements for residents in 2019 by fixing service lines to 6,000 homes a year. The city has estimated that lines to 20,000 homes need to be replaced.
“So far, I’d say it’s been going slow,” McDaniel said. “We wanted to replace 1,000 service lines in the city of Flint in 2016 and…
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