Software to help inventory lead water lines in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) – A high-tech strategy could help Detroit save $ 165 million while determining the number of lead water pipes in the city.

Data processed using software from tech startup BlueConduit will hopefully provide a report on likely locations and the number of feeders, the water department said.

The water authority assumes that instead of more than 300,000 only 384 valve boxes need to be excavated. The higher cost of digging up all of the pipes to inspect them would likely have been passed on to water customers.

All Michigan cities and towns with leading service lines must submit an inventory to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy.

Rockefeller Foundation, Kresge Foundation, and state grants will enable Detroit to meet a 2025 deadline.

Based on previous estimates, the Detroit water department project has approximately 80,000 senior service lines. The replacement program could cost $ 450 million.

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