Louisville Water Program Helps Homeowners Rid Of Lead Pipes – 89.3 WFPL News Louisville

Louisville Water Company finished replacing all of the city’s public lead service lines last year, but they’re still trying to get nearly 1,000 homeowners to shut down the last remaining private lines.

Service lines connect homes to water pipes, and if you live in a home built before 1950, it’s possible that line could be made with lead — a neurotoxin which can leach into drinking water under certain conditions.

Chris Bobay, water quality compliance manager, says Louisville has about 45,000 homes built before 1950, and about 5 to 10% of them probably have some sort of lead pipe.

Louisville Water spent more than $50 million to remove about 74,000 city lead service lines installed between 1860 and 1936, according to their site.

At Louisville Water Company’s Crescent Hill Water Treatment Laboratory.

But the company says private lead service lines are still a problem. It has at least 824 homes in Jefferson County. Louisville Water has started reaching out to customers to notify them a test and replacement program to remove the pipes.

“Let me say this, if you own an older home, we want you to test your water for lead. There’s a good chance we don’t know if you don’t even know what plumbing material has been used on your side of your water supply,” said Bobay.

Louisville Water Company sends anyone with a home built before 1950 a free test kit to check for lead in the drinking water through the service line.

To encourage people even more, Louisville Water Company offers a 50-50 match up to $1,500 to replace a lead service line. Bobay says a typical replacement costs less than $3,000.

Despite the competition, only 36 people have taken up the offer since the program began last year. Bobay said it is difficult to get people’s attention, but this is a public health problem.

“And so we want to help,” Bobay said. “I think it’s been positive results for customers who want to work with us, and they have been, but there’s still a lot of work to be done.”

Crescent Hill Reservoir of Louisville Water Company

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