More than 200 lead pipes delivering water to residents in Kalamazoo Township will be removed this summer, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.
The Kalamazoo City Commission approved a $848,110 construction contract with Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc. to replace the lines. Kalamazoo's Department of Public Services is tackling the problem head on, coordinating replacements throughout the city's water system with scheduled road and infrastructure projects.
Project funding for the lead service line replacement will be provided through the city's 2017 Water Capital Improvement Budget.
The city replaced 120 lead service lines in 2016, however, at least 2,917 still remained by the end of the year. A high concentration of lead services are in Kalamazoo Township and the city's oldest neighborhoods.
An area defined as "Kalamazoo Township East" contains 754 addresses with lead lines, a quarter of the total amount. Twenty percent are located in 608 Edison Neighborhood addresses and 12 percent lie in 348 locations in the Northside Neighborhood.
According to a recent report, 7,308 lines connecting customers to the city water main were unidentified by the end of the year, meaning the city doesn't know what they are made out of.
The majority of undefined lead lines are in the heart of the city, focused in a band between Vine Street and Patterson Street.
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