Jul 13, 2020

Pontiac, Michigan, to Replace 8,000 Lead Water Lines

The Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner's Office is planning to replace more than 8,000 lead water lines in the city of Pontiac

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The Oakland County Water Resource Commissioner's (WRC) Office is planning to replace more than 8,000 lead water lines in the city of Pontiac, Michigan, over the next 20 years. 

The entire project is expected to take 20 years, with an estimated cost between $45 million and $60 million. This includes the replacement of over 8,000 lead water service lines across the city, including residential and small businesses. 

Under the 2018 lead and copper rule signed into law by former Gov. Rick Snyder, public water providers statewide are required to replace all lead water service lines within their service area by 2041. Around 40% of the city's water service lines likely contain lead, according to Oakland County Water Resources Commissioner Jim Nash. 

The WRC applied for $8.97 million in grant funding from the U.S. EPA to help replace 1,160 lead service lines from 2021 through 2024, at a cost of approximately $9.97 million, reported the Oakland Press. This is a four-year project which will impact 3,500 to 4,000 Pontiac residents. 

All of the city's identified lead water lines are well below the state lead standard of 12 ppm, according to Nash. Grant funding received from the federal government would help to prevent increases in water rates for city residents. 

According to the WRC, there are currently 23,566 total households in Pontiac with an average annual water and sewer bill of $922, with $440.76 representing the water portion. The WRC has reviewed the affordability of water and sewer bills for Pontiac customers, added the Oakland Press.

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