‘It feels good,’ worker talks about replacing lead lines for his community despite winter conditions
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BENTON HARBOR, MI-- Even in the middle of winter days, crews are busy getting fresh, clean water into homes in Benton Harbor.
Back in November, Meeks Contracting won a $500,000 contract to replace lead and galvanized water pipes with copper ones. Meeks has replaced about 40 lines since November. About 90 percent of the overall lead line work remains in Benton Harbor, according to city’s engineering consultant, Abonmarche, which maintains an online dashboard showing progress. About 3,880 out of the total 4,322 “assumed” problem lines must yet be replaced or verified as non-lead.
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