Town to replace lead water lines in Flint-inspired program

FILE - In this March 9, 2016 file photo, city officials in Galesburg, Ill., display a local example of lead pipes that deliver water to the nation's homes. In proposing a tougher limit for lead in drinking water, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder wants to lift the state from the depths of the Flint water crisis to being a model for water safety that can help assess whether the current national rules governing lead are too lax. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island town is teaming up with a utility to replace lead drinking water lines in a pilot program inspired by the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

The Providence Journal reports ( ) that North Providence is committing $270,000 in federal grant funds to replace part of the lead lines to homes. Providence Water has committed $350,000 to replace the remaining pipe.

Lead was detected in some homes this year. But the utility says the water distribution system itself is lead free and any trace amounts of lead are coming from pipes leading to homes or inside homes.

Mayor Charles Lombardi says that while there’s no crisis in the town, officials are “trying to be proactive.”

Lombardi says the program hopes to replace pipes at around 60 properties this year.


Information from: The Providence Journal,