GREENWOOD, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Indiana American Water announced a nearly $97 million investment in a major utility replacement project being implemented across the state.
According to a statement from Indian American Water, the goal of the project is to remove or replace approximately 30,000 lead pipes throughout the service area.
As the first water utility in the state to submit a plan for the main service line replacement project, Indiana American Water has already replaced over 54% of the main service lines.
“We are proactively addressing the long-standing problem of leading service lines across the state in a way that expedites replacement and helps the customers who are hardest hit and often least able to afford it,” Matt said Prine, president of Indiana American Water. “Since approving our plan in 2018, we have made significant progress in implementation statewide, with more than 54 percent of lead service lines in the communities we serve already replaced or decommissioned.”
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The press release also notes that if a customer’s service line contains lead, it does not mean they cannot use the water as normal. Indiana American Water routinely tests samples for lead in drinking water and performs anti-corrosion treatment when necessary to minimize potential hazards.
“In an effort to make the program even more affordable and accelerate our efforts to remove leading service lines, Indiana American Water also recently applied for nearly $19 million in no-interest or low-interest loans from the Indiana State Revolving Fund and received approval.” Prine continued. “We are committed to doing our part to take the lead away from Indiana once and for all.”
For more information about the steps Indiana American Water is taking to reduce lead exposure in drinking water, as well as ways to assess and reduce lead exposure at home, visit the Lead Resources page or call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800- 426. 4791.