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There’s a nationwide push to replace lead pipes, but the first step is trying to find them.
Lead has been used as piping for centuries because it’s malleable and can be bent and shaped around obstacles. It’s why old communities, such as St. Joseph, likely have high volumes of lead service lines.
However, the location of many lead pipes are unknown. Missouri American Water, along with utility companies across the state, has been tasked with finding these service lines by 2024. Missouri American has located and replaced about 15% of St. Joseph’s known and suspected lead service lines.
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