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VAN WERT, Ohio (WANE)– Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced his strategy this week to invest $4 million in finding, removing, and replacing dangerous lead pipes in communities around the state.
The H2Ohio Lead Service Line Repair Grant Program will give roughly $2 million to six towns with lead pipes that have been mapped and are ready for replacement. Nearly 500 lead service lines will be removed and replaced in these neighborhoods.
The remaining $2 million in grant money will be provided to assist public water systems who lack the financial resources to adequately assess where their lead service lines are located in identifying, inventorying, and mapping lead service lines. This funding comprises $1.4 million in mini-grants of up to $50,000 for individual public water systems and $600,000 for the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) and the Ohio Rural Water Association (ORWA) to help small public water systems with direct identification and mapping.
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