Troy needs your help replacing lead pipes

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Having clean drinking water is important for your health, but your water can get contaminated with lead.

That’s why the city of Troy is breaking ground on a huge project to fix that issue.

The city says they need your help. They need you to report if you have lead service lines. Older homes – usually built before the 1940’s – may have lead service lines.

City officials started work on the lead service line replacement program this week. Crews are replacing the lead lines with copper lines.

NewsChannel 13 was the only station invited to come.

This replacement program is part of a statewide and federal initiative, but it’s going to cost a lot of money. It will cost between $30 million to $40 million to replace it all, Troy Deputy Mayor Chris Nolin said. That’s why they need to continue to take inventory from all Troy residents, which is why they need you to do the lead test.

The city needs to report all the results to the state by October 2024. The more people who respond, the more money the city gets.

“We’re at a little bit of over 30% response rate for the city. That might sound like a good number to some. It’s not nearly enough, and also there’s an issue with tenants. When there is turnover there. We need to get to 100%…We’re getting there slowly,” Nolin said.

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