Michigan health department reports 95% of Benton Harbor lead service lines replaced

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. - Ninety-five percent of lead service lines have been replaced in the City of Benton Harbor, according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

Crews have excavated 320 services lines in 30 days and replaced lead or galvanized lines with new copper pipe. The crews are averaging more than 10 excavations per day, according to the health department.

About 4,500 water service lines have been replaced with about 200 left to complete.

Residents interested in getting daily updates can visit Benton Harbor's project dashboard for more information.

The Building Michigan Together Plan, signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer last month, directs $45 million to the city for infrastructure improvements.

The funding supports Governor Whitmer's goal of having all lead service lines replaced by the spring of 2023.

More than 2,750 Right of Access Water Service Line Replacement Agreement forms have been signed by the 2,900 water customers in the city. If you have not completed the form, click here to access it.

Forms need to be completed in order for crews to access private properties to perform work.

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