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Evanston will receive $1 million from the Illinois government to replace lead pipes in south Evanston, according to a press release from State Sen. Mike Simmons (D-Chicago).
The city has more than 11,000 lead service lines. The new state funding will address the consistent impact lead pipes in south Evanston have on Black communities and other communities of color in the area, Simmons said in a Dec. 10 announcement.
Last year, Evanston also started a pilot program for replacing lead pipes across the city. Low- or moderate- income residents whose homes have already had their city-owned lead pipes replaced can apply to have their privately owned lead pipes replaced at no cost. Homes with partially replaced lead pipes are at high risk for lead poisoning, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
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