New fund to help homeowners remove lead pipes
A new fund is set to help Thunder Bay homeowners with the cost of replacing lead water pipes, in an effort to address the issue of contamination in the city’s drinking water. The city estimates 8,700 local homes have lead water service connections.
Exposure to the metal is particularly dangerous for children, and can affect brain and nervous system development, among other health impacts. The city began adding sodium hydroxide to drinking water to protect against corrosion of lead pipes about two years ago. That cut the number of local homes exceeding provincial guidelines of 10 micrograms per litre in half. That still leaves over 1,000 homes with unsafe levels, the city estimates.
…The city is responsible for replacing service lines up to the property line, but after that it becomes the homeowner’s responsibility…
I have covered this subject before. The City of Thunder Bay does not replace water lines up to the property line. Replacement of water lines only goes as far as the curb shut-off valve that is located well away from the property line. There is a lot of lead water lines that are on City of Thunder Bay property.
People may remember back when the City of Thunder Bay made the service lines located on private property the responsibility of the property owner. It was not that long ago when the City of Thunder Bay was responsible for the entire length of the lines right up to the basement wall of the residence. City Council voted to change that….probably when the City Administration realized just how much money it would cost to replace ALL of the water lines made of lead in the city.
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