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PATERSON — In an effort to prevent lead poisoning, about 6,500 homes in Paterson, Passaic, Clifton and Prospect Park will be getting new water service pipes, officials announced on Thursday.
Under a $36 million program, the Passaic Valley Water Commission in September will begin replacing lead pipes that connect houses with water mains — at no cost to homeowners.
Jim Mueller, the commission’s executive director, said his organization previously identified 6,500 homes with lead-contaminated pipes in those communities, with about half of them in Paterson. During the summer, the commission’s contractor will start inspecting the water service lines in another 11,000 homes to check for lead pipes, he added.
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