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City helping property owners with lead pipe replacement

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Journal Staff

Sarnia is offering a helping hand to homeowners with lead water lines on their property.

After finding fewer than 200 properties with lead service lines buried underground– about 2% of the number expected by consultants – council has agreed to replace those on the homeowner’s side of the property line at no cost.

The work will be done when the lead waterline on the city-owned portion are replaced.

The property owner will be responsible for restoration costs, such landscaping repairs or driveways dug up for the work to take place, the city said.

Property owners needing water line replacement will be contacted about the program. The offer will run for three years, after which a grant covering up to $1,500 will be offered.

Homeowners who replaced their lead service line after Jan. 1 2019 can apply for reimbursement up to $2,500, the city said.

All of Sarnia’s lead water pipes are to be replaced over the next two years at a total cost of $2.12 million.

About 670 service lines that still require testing, which should be completed by 2022, staff said.

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