The Denver Post
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Denver Water’s 15-year plan to replace all lead service pipes connecting homes to water mains can begin on a trial basis, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials decided this week.
The utility estimates that 64,000 to 84,000 homes receive water through lead pipes, said CEO and Manager Jim Lochhead. Replacing the pipes could cost about $500 million.
Lead is linked to developmental disabilities and other long-term health problems. Levels of the heavy metal spiked in Denver’s water system in 2012, triggering a series of tests that ultimately led to the replacement plan, Lochhead said.
“We’re planning to start pulling lead service lines from the system starting around February 1,” Lochhead said. “And we will also be distributing filters to a little over 100,000 homes just after the first of the year.”
Aurora is moving toward replacing more lead water pipes in the public right-of-way.
The City Council’s Infrastructure and Technology Committee this week recommended adopting unit prices for the replacement of what are called “long side" lead water service lines from within the city’s right-of-way.
JANESVILLE (WKOW) -- Janesville's city council is considering an ordinance that would offer free lead water pipe replacements to some residents.
Wisconsin cities do not commonly offer complimentary lateral work and state laws seem purposefully designed to prevent such deals. But, Janesville found a clever dodge.
"We're a government agency, so we know to avoid government agencies," said David Botts, the city's utility director.
The solution to evading Wisconsin lead lateral replacement rules: don't give out money via the water utility.
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