The Detroit Free Press says the cost of replacing Flint water pipes has almost doubled since the crisis started in April 2014.
According to the report, replacing a service water pipe now in Flint costs $7,500 which is almost twice as much as two years ago. The estimates, excluding permit fees, were made by Rowe Professional Services, a construction company working for the state.
Spokesman Ari Adler said, “the mayor keeps saying they need a lot more money to do the replacements, and yet the city is charging very large fees for the work the city wants to get done.”
The Michigan state initially budgeted about $200 million for the water crisis, but it turns out that they will need more than that. Flint, on the other hand, is way behind with its target to deal with the crisis as it has only received $2M from the state.
Does this mean that the lack of professionalism of authorities lead to such terrible miscalculations in prices or was it planned?
Selfish Michigan officials wanted to “save” themselves some money by switching to the Flint’s water source to Flint River. It was a business they hoped will bring them good profits, but it turned out to be their worst nightmare of decade.
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