EPA looks to tighten rules for lead in drinking water while president works to replace pipelines
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to tighten rules for allowable levels of lead in drinking water while the Biden Administration is looking to replace the country’s lead lines using new funds.
Ann Arbor approves $1.2 million contract increase for water service line replacement
ANN ARBOR, MI - The Ann Arbor City Council approved a $1.2 million contract increase to replace home water service lines that are connected to lead parts or may have been in the past. The contract increase was approved at the council’s regular meeting on Monday, Feb.1 where Council Member Travis Radina questioned what factors went into the dramatic increase of $1.2 million, bringing the total contract amount to $1.5 million, an increase of about 359 percent. Currently, Ann Arbor’s inventory is based off of verified service lines that have to be replaced plus unverified service lines, said Public Works Manager Molly Maciejewski. Once all service lines are verified, the number is expected to go down as they verify which ones don’t need replacing, she said. “We didn’t know exactly how much we needed for the contract increase, or we had anticipated it to be lower,” Maciejewski said.mlive.com