Thunder Bay plans to get the lead out
Sodium hydroxide will be added to the water supply by next year
The City of Thunder Bay will add sodium hydroxide to the water supply by next year after a recent pilot project showed this reduces harmful levels of lead coming out of the tap.
Thousands of city homes built before 1952 still have older lead pipes, while other homes built after that year may have lead solder at pipe joints.
City officials said in 2015 that there is “a lead issue” in 8,000 homes in Thunder Bay, and that they estimate the water in 10 per cent of those homes has higher lead content than the prescribed limit. – Tbnewsatch
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Funny how the City of Thunder Bay decided to make the maintenance of section of the waterline that is on the home-owner’s property the responsibility of the home-owner years ago. The problem with this is that section of the waterline that runs from the curb-stop valve to the property line is the responsibility of the City of Thunder Bay.
If there are 8,000 homes with lead waterlines and the average distance from the curb-stop valve to the property line is…say…1.5 meters, that means the City of Thunder Bay OWNS 12 kilomteres of lead waterline, at least . AND the City of Thunder Bay REFUSES to replace that 12 kilometers of lead waterline BEFORE the property owner decides to replace his/her waterline.
Why is it that when billion dollar Federal and Provincial infrastructure projects are discussed, removing ALL the lead water pipes in the country is never mentioned?
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