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Milwaukee is changing the way it replaces lead water lines to tens of thousands of homes. Mayor Cavalier Johnson announced, what he called, a re-design of the lead service line replacement program during a water summit of Midwest mayors in Milwaukee Thursday.
Johnson says the existing program, through the Milwaukee Water Works, will now add equity by using three factors to identify and rank disadvantaged neighborhoods where the lead risk is the greatest.
The mayor said the determination will be based on "the density of lead service lines, the intensity of elevated blood lead levels amongst resident children, and an aggregate score of socio-economic indicators of disadvantaged neighborhoods."
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