(CNN)The city of Flint, Michigan, has kicked off a $55 million program to replace lead-contaminated pipes in the city’s water system, Mayor Karen Weaver announced Friday.
The first residences to be serviced will be for high-risk people, such as pregnant women and the elderly, city officials said.
As a way to cut costs, the city started getting drinking water from the Flint River about two years ago after previously buying Lake Huron water through the city of Detroit.
Last year researchers and medical personnel discovered high levels of lead in Flint residents. The governor declared a state of emergency and the city switched water suppliers. Now the mayor is moving to replace the pipes.
Weaver is asking Gov. Rick Snyder to pressure the Legislature to move immediately to approve $25 million for the first phase of the $55 million plan, according to a press release on the city website.
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