Benton Harbor lead pipes replacement nearing completion

BENTON HARBOR, Michigan — The Benton Harbor lead pipe replacement project is 74 percent complete and is scheduled for completion in ten months.

Of the 4,492 suspected lead supply lines leading from city water lines to homes in Benton Harbor, 3,332 were excavated, checked, and replaced if necessary.

Though 1,162 pipes remain to be checked, the five companies replacing the underground lines have checked 544 homes over the past 30 days.

The state advised that residents continue to use bottled water or a lead-reducing filter until the entire project is complete.

All work is expected to be completed by May 2023.

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