The city of Spokane has finished removing all lead pipes in its water system.
The $3 million lead elimination program – which was launched two years ago – replaced more than 486 lead connections with new copper pipe.
Spokane had a long-standing policy to remove lead pipes during work on the water system, but officials opted in 2016 to speed up its replacement of lead pipes in the aftermath of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Flint’s water corroded lead pipes after it switched its source of water without adding proper chemicals, increasing lead in the water to unsafe levels.
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