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Water utility workers plan to dig holes in yards all across Bloomington to determine whether any water lines to households contain lead, which is especially harmful to children.
The work, which Bloomington City Utilities hopes to complete in about 18 months, is required by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and ultimately will serve as a basis for a lead line replacement plan.
Local utility officials said the mere presence of lead pipes does not mean residents need to worry, but they emphasized the EPA says available science shows “there is no safe level of exposure to lead.”
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