Tama-Toledo News Chronicle
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In their first meeting of the new year the Tama City Council unanimously approved a $98,000 commitment of federal American Rescue Plan funding to a lead water line replacement program.
Tama Street Superintendent Stuart Eisentrager addressed the council about the proposed program saying the city has encountered lead water service lines in the past and there is concern there may be more lead lines within the older parts of the city that have not been discovered or replaced.
Health risks of lead in drinking water have been identified from exposure of lead into the bloodstream causing damage to the brain and kidneys. It can also interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of the body and is particularly hazardous to children and pregnant women.
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