Detroit Begins First Major Water, Sewer Upgrade Since Great Depression

The $500 million plan is the first major step in replacing an estimated 125,000 lead service pipes in the city

The Detroit News

A five-year, $500 million initiative was announced Thursday to replace water and sewer pipes throughout the city of Detroit, an undertaking city officials say would be the first massive upgrade of water and sewer lines since 1930.

Mayor Mike Duggan and officials with the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department announced a data-driven approach to upgrade the city’s water and sewer systems at a press conference in the city's Russell Woods neighborhood, one of the communities identified by the water officials as needing the quickest fix.  The approach is aimed at replacing or repairing the most vulnerable pipes first.

It's also the first major step in replacing an estimated 125,000 lead service pipes in the city, officials said. Lead pipes were at the center of controversy in Flint's water crisis.

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