Detroit Free Press
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Hal Losey had known for years that the water service line to his Berkley home contained lead.
"You can see it’s got a bulge on it, that’s one key that it’s a lead pipe," Losey says, referring to a photograph he snapped of the service line in his basement prior to its removal. The bulge, commonly known as a wiped joint, is one of few telltale signs of a lead or partially lead pipe.
In October, Losey's brother and fellow Berkley resident told him about a new citywide lead service line program he'd heard about that offered removal and replacement at no cost. Upon contacting the city, Losey was placed on a waiting list. Roughly two months later, a contractor was sent to remove his lead service line and replace it with copper – at no cost to him.
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