Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016

Threat rises

Flint might need to replace 29,000 water lines

University of Michigan professors, who had believed the city had 8,000 lead or galvanized steel lines, now estimate the city has as many as 29,100 lines.

Detroit News

Detroit News

Researchers have more than tripled their estimate of the number of water service lines that need to be replaced in Flint. University of Michigan professors, who had believed the city had 8,000 lead or galvanized steel lines, now estimate the city has as many as 29,100 lines. That’s more than half, 53 percent, of the service lines leading to 55,000 homes and businesses in Flint, Mayor Karen Weaver said in announcing the latest estimate Thursday.

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U.S. reps make joint plea to EPA for Lake Erie

The Blade

The U.S. EPA had little response to a joint plea U.S. Reps. Marcy Kaptur and Debbie Dingell made to end the gridlock over how western Lake Erie’s algae-control efforts should be managed on a regional basis. The two Great Lakes congressmen, both Democrats, urged U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to step in and designate the open water of the lake’s western basin as impaired.

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New frost sensors monitor pipes in Minnesota

Star Tribune

The Twin Cities hasn't yet been hit with extreme cold this winter, but already Hennepin County crews are using new tools to better prepare for plummeting temperatures that could burst water pipes or water mains. The county has added new frost sensors throughout the west metro to better predict when pipes, hydrants or water mains might freeze up and better anticipate spring flooding.

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