Google Is Helping Flint Prioritize Which Lead Pipes Need to Be Replaced

The first lead pipe is replaced in Flint. Image: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images In March, Flint, Michigan began the seemingly impossible task of replacing the pipes that delivered lead-poisoned water to its citizens. I say “impossible” because there’s no real way for the city to know with absolute certainty which pipes need to go. A team of data scientists from Google and the University of Michigan’s Michigan Data Science Team has developed an algorithm it claims can help.The problem in Flint is the same issue that many older cities face when updating their infrastructure: There aren’t accurate records for when many service lines were installed, or even where specifically they are located . According to the University of Michigan, there are about 8,000 lead service lines in Flint but the city…


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