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CLEVELAND, Ohio – Cleveland’s water department plans to replace lead service lines to 450 daycare centers in Cuyahoga County and surrounding areas beginning this summer.
The program is supported by funding from the state of Ohio. The state initially committed $1 million toward the work, but then added an additional $500,000.
Mayor Frank Jackson on Tuesday signed legislation to accept that additional money from the state. The legislation was approved on Monday by the City Council.
Exposure to lead can lead to brain damage. In Cleveland it is a huge problem, where as much as 80% of the housing stock is in poor condition and rife with peeling paint – a common source for lead exposure.
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