BWL crews remove last lead water service pipe in Lansing

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) - It has been years in the making and today crews in Lansing are replacing the last lead water service pipeline in the city.

Workers from the Board of Water and Light are working on the 600 block of Barnard Street east of downtown Lansing to replace the pipe.

BWL general manager Dick Peffley and Lansing mayor Virg Bernero were at the work site to talk wrapping up the project that's been going since 2004.

What's unique about this project is the city of Lansing is the second community in the nation, along with Madison, Wisconsin, to replace all the lead pipes in their cities.

And when all is said and done BWL crews will have removed more than 12,000 lead service lines.

The 12-year project will have cost just over $44 million.

The project has been closely watched by other cities and BWL crews have been working with crews in Flint to assist in replacing lead water service lines in that city.

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