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Newark is close to meeting its goal of replacing every single lead pipe that pumps water into homes in New Jersey's largest city. So far, they've accomplished a record feat: replacing more than 22,000 lead service lines with copper pipes.
City officials say all known lead service lines—garden hose-sized pipes that connect underground water mains to homes—have been removed. In the next two weeks, construction crews will double-check to make sure service lines marked as replaced or “not lead” on city records are truly lead-free. They currently have another 1,000 pipes to double-check.
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