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In a few months, the city will begin notifying residents of a comprehensive survey intended to determine which homes have old lead water pipes that will need to be replaced as a matter of public safety.
Once the survey is complete, which is expected to take about a year, the city will then make plans to replace those pipes with either approved plastic or copper piping.
DPW Director Robert Ward said Haverhill was recently awarded a $750,000 grant from the Massachusetts Clean Water Trust to create a detailed inventory of every lead water pipe running into homes. Once those homes have been identified, the city hopes to obtain another grant to replace those old pipes, he said.
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