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A new program aims to help Twin Cities families get the lead out of their homes for free. More than one in four homes in St. Paul - 27% - still has a lead water service line, meaning the toxic metal can get in the drinking water.
Stan Lukas has owned his home in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood since 1985. It was built in 1890 with lead pipes.
"Back then it wasn't that big of a deal. I guess we just weren't aware of the dangers of it," Lukas said. Lead pipes were common in St. Paul homes until around the 1940s. Replacing them has been on Lukas's list of renovations.
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