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Report: Cost of replacing Flint water pipes double estimates

  • This Tuesday, May 24, 2016, image taken from video shows David G. Mata Sr. turning on the faucet in the basement of his home in Flint, Mich. State and local officials are asking Flint residents to flush the pipes in their homes every day for two weeks. Some residents like Mata are giving it a shot, but not all believe the effort will have its intended effect of helping to remove lead particles and coat the pipes. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)

    This Tuesday, May 24, 2016, image taken from video shows David G. Mata Sr. turning on the faucet in the basement of his home in Flint, Mich. State and local officials are asking Flint residents to flush the pipes in their homes every day for two weeks. Some residents like Mata are giving it a shot, but not all believe the effort will have its intended effect of helping to remove lead particles and coat the pipes. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - This March 21, 2016 file photo shows the Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for a halt of administrative investigations into how two state agencies dealt with the Flint drinking water crisis after being warned they are hampering state and federal criminal probes. Snyder's office released letters Thursday May 26, 2016, from the state attorney general and a federal prosecutor. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio File)

    FILE - This March 21, 2016 file photo shows the Flint Water Plant water tower in Flint, Mich. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is calling for a halt of administrative investigations into how two state agencies dealt with the Flint drinking water crisis after being warned they are hampering state and federal criminal probes. Snyder's office released letters Thursday May 26, 2016, from the state attorney general and a federal prosecutor. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio File)  (The Associated Press)

  • This Tuesday, May 24, 2016, image taken from video shows David G. Mata Sr. turning on the faucet in the basement of his home in Flint, Mich. State and local officials are asking Flint residents to flush the pipes in their homes every day for two weeks. Some residents like Mata are giving it a shot, but not all believe the effort will have its intended effect of helping to remove lead particles and coat the pipes. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)

    This Tuesday, May 24, 2016, image taken from video shows David G. Mata Sr. turning on the faucet in the basement of his home in Flint, Mich. State and local officials are asking Flint residents to flush the pipes in their homes every day for two weeks. Some residents like Mata are giving it a shot, but not all believe the effort will have its intended effect of helping to remove lead particles and coat the pipes. (AP Photo/Mike Householder)  (The Associated Press)

A report obtained by a newspaper says replacing water pipes due to the lead-tainted crisis in Flint could be at least twice the price of previous estimates.

The Detroit Free Press reports (http://on.freep.com/1TGtTPl ) that engineering company Rowe Professional Services told the state that the average cost for replacing a service water line through a completed pilot project was $7,500.

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality previously estimated it would cost $4,000, but the company's report said costs could be higher if average permit fees of $2,400 per site are included.

Representatives of Flint Mayor Karen Weaver did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Gov. Rick Snyder's spokesman Ari Adler says Flint is charging "very large fees," while Weaver has said Flint needs more money for replacing pipes.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, http://www.freep.com