Environmental Defense Fund
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We recently finished a round of updates to our webpages recognizing states and communities leading the way in efforts to accelerate lead service line (LSL) replacement across the country. As we start the New Year, we wanted to summarize the good news from 2018 and highlight some opportunities for more success.
Ninety-five communities are leading the way on LSL replacement programs:
Lansing State Journal
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Do you own or rent one of the tens of thousands of homes in the Lansing area built before 1950 or a newer one you think could have lead water service lines?
You'll soon be able to say goodbye to your lead service lines. And your water utility will foot the bill.
State rule changes from earlier this year require local utilities to replace all lead and galvanized water service lines between the publicly-owned water main and a resident's water meter by 2040 at an average replacement rate of 5% per year.
Before 1950, many service lines — the small pipes that connect homes and businesses to the larger water mains under the street — were made of lead, which can leach off the pipe and into the water, potentially poisoning users. Galvanized pipes, or steel pipes dipped in a protective coating, also were common and can leak lead from the zinc coating and other harmful chemicals, as decades of water exposure cause corrosion and rust.
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