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Kalamazoo receives MDEQ grant to replace lead water service lines

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Kalamazoo receives MDEQ grant to replace lead water service lines. (WWMT/File - MGN)

Recently the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality awarded a $1 million grant to the city of Kalamazoo to fund the replacement of lead water service lines.

Kalamazoo is one of 18 communities that received grant funding from the MDEQ Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division as part of a pilot program to improve water quality and public health.

The replacement projects are primarily located in the Edison Neighborhood.

The money will help Kalamazoo replace more than 500 lead water services, the rest of the funds will be used from the Kalamazoo Capital Improvement Budget and the Foundation for Excellence.

The city replaced 497 lead service lines in 2017.