PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The city of Providence has launched a program offering interest-free loans to homeowners so they can replace old lead water pipes.
The $1.2 million program will give homeowners three years to repay the loans with no interest. The average cost of replacing a home's lead pipes is estimated at $3,000.
The water system also promises to replace publicly owned lead pipes leading to a home when the homeowner replaces the private pipes.
The program was announced Monday by Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza and the Providence Water Supply Board. The Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank is providing funds for the loans.
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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is helping the city of Kalamazoo remove more lead pipes this year.
The Kalamazoo City Commission accepted a $1 million grant Monday to remove lead service lines in its water system. The MDEQ pilot grant is meant for communities working to improve their water infrastructure.
The city of Kalamazoo has been replacing lead service lines since 1992, but recently took a more aggressive strategy to remove all lead pipes within 20 years.
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