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City of Toledo program replacing lead pipes at no cost to residents

The number of customer-owned lead service lines in Toledo is approximately 3,000.

TOLEDO, Ohio — EPA Administrator Michael Regan visited a home in downtown Toledo to highlight a $15 billion infrastructure investment and jobs law that aims to protect and improve public health by replacing lead water pipes in area homes, schools and businesses.

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz and U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur, D-Toledo, shared the story of Toledo resident Karen George who recently discovered she had lead pipes in her home.

“Unfortunately I found out this month that I still have lead attached to my house. So I’m dealing with it the best way I know how, but I’m glad they’re here to do what ‘they have to do to help me,’ George said.

The program will cover the cost of replacing water pipes in homes like George’s, which would otherwise cost thousands of dollars.

“Creating the resources so that people like Ms. George don’t have to come out of pocket and spend $3,000 to replace lead service lines means the world to us,” the administrator said. EPA, Michael Regan.

Residents of Toledo can visit toledo.oh.gov/lead-lines to see how they can check for lead connections in their home and how to replace them.

The number of customer-owned lead service lines in Toledo is approximately 3,000. With funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, the city will replace them at no cost to the owner.