Not so FAST: MDEQ demands answers from Flint mayor
FLINT, Mich. --The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality demanding answers from the city of Flint and Mayor Karen Weaver.
In an email sent to the mayor, the MDEQ says contractors were paid nearly $200,000 for work that didn't need to be done and didn't replace more than 400 lead service lines that should have been done in 2017.
According to the email from the MDEQ, two companies hired by the city of Flint started digging in yards that had copper pipes--not lead lines – material that is not in need of replacement.
When it comes finding the pipes there are two ways to do it: one using hydro-excavating trucks are used to dig two small holes near the service line to determine whether or not the pipes are lead.
This costs over $200.
The two companies in question, W.T. Stevens and Waldorf and Sons used excavating equipment to dig which costs more than $1,600.
In addition, these companies were awarded additional contracts this spring despite never replacing more than 400 lead service lines to homes in 2017.
NBC25/FOX66’s Sarah Jaeger spoke with residents in Flint who had their pipes replaced and acknowledge crews are facing an uphill battle.
We reached out to the mayor’s office for a comment on this matter.
Mayor Weaver says she's in the process of reviewing the letter with her team and will respond early next week.