Snyder announces infrastructure study for Flint

LIVE: Snyder discusses plan to replace pipes
Posted at 1:29 PM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 17:17:08-05

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced a plan for an infrastructure study in the city of Flint on Wednesday. He was joined by Rowe Professional Services CEO Leanne Panduren and Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Interim Director Keith Creagh.

"We need to understand where the lead service lines are," Snyder said during the press conference.

According to Snyder, they are working with Rowe in partnership to conduct the infrastructure study. Snyder said they are also partnering with the city, who has reviewed the agreement.

There are a series of steps in accordance with the infrastructure study, according to Snyder. First they will have to do an update of the reliability study which was done in 2013.

Also, they need to replace 30 service lines, and look at proper procedures to do that work.

Another part of the study is mapping out the balance system and identifying the composition of about 10000 service lines in the city that could be connected to active residences.

"This is a step forward in the next stage of the plan," Snyder said. "Let's understand the system, let's understand the pipes and get them replaced."

Snyder said they need to know what they are dealing with underground so they can move forward, and using Rowe will help get that done.