Louisville Water removes all known lead service lines

Louisville Water Co. has removed all its known lead service lines om Louisville. Nearly 74,000 lead service lines that were installed between 1860 and 1936 have been replace with copper lines.

It took more than 50 years and $50 million to remove the lines throughout Louisville’s service area, a milestone few cities in the country have achieved. A small percentage of lead lines may remain on private property.

Louisville Water’s scientists balance the water chemistry to minimize the risk but eliminating the lead service line is important. There is no safe level of lead in drinking water, and lead can be especially harmful to children.

Louisville Water became Kentucky’s first public water utility in 1860. It delivers an average of 120 million gallons of drinking water to nearly a million people.

— Rachel Nix

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