St. Paul Continues to Combat Lead Pipes

5/30/2016

After being forced by the EPA to remove 7% of their lead pipelines each year for st-paul,-MN.jpgthree years, St. Paul is on track to have all of the 14,000 lead service lines removed in 20 years. In the meantime, the city uses pH levels to create a thin coating on the inside of pipes to prevent corrosion. Corrosion is what allows lead to leech into the water. These methods, combined with careful monitoring, should keep residents safe while lead service lines are still in use. 

However, the removal of lead service lines can cause a temporary spike in lead in water to certain homes. Crews have been providing filters and pitchers, along with suggestions, to affected homes. Furthermore, only lead service lines owned by the water utility are being converted, but lead lines that exist under private property or in homes will still exist. Converting these lines can cost $3,000 - $4,000 for the average homeowner in the area, which some people just cannot afford to pay. 

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