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Hundreds of lead service lines to be replaced in Spokane homes

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The city of Spokane has told us that lead levels here are safe but just yesterday they announced they'd be replacing every lead line in the city. The city of Spokane has told us that lead levels here are safe but just yesterday they announced they'd be replacing every lead line in the city.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

The risk of lead in the water has been in the headlines for weeks following the Flint, Michigan water crisis and more recently high lead level in Tacoma's water. 

The city of Spokane has told us that lead levels here are safe but just yesterday they announced they'd be replacing every lead line in the city.  Right now construction is happening on Rowan Ave. between Driscoll and Monroe where fourteen lead service lines are being replaced.  City officials say that with lead in drinking water in the spotlight, now was the right time to make the change. 

While those lead service lines are being replaced in some areas there are still hundreds of homes in the Shadle area that still have lead service lines. 

"We recently just had a bunch of renovation work done," says Sarah Sprague who lives in a house that still has a lead service line.  Sprague says they've had to replace pipes inside their home as well. 

"One of the lead pipes in the basement was sort of rusting out but that's been changed to plastic," says Sprague. 

The city of Spokane is now following suit.  On Wednesday they announced plans to replace all of the remaining lead services lines over the course of the next two to three year, but some people don't understand why it took this long.    

"If our houses are supposed to be up to code, I don't know why the city shouldn't be up to code," says Gary Rollins, who lives in the Shadle area.  Rollins rents but says he never thought to ask what kind of service line was in the house.  Rollins and his wife regularly drink the tap water but are concerned about the potential health risks from lead in the water.    

"That affects your body and health," says Rollins.  "It's just not something that we really need in us."

Rollins and Sprague don't speak for the whole neighborhood.  Some folks aren't concerned, like 85 year old Richard Jamieson. 

"I'd have been dead a long time ago," says Jamieson.  "To me people pick on things to complain about that don't need to be complained about." 

If you would like to check if what kind of service line your home has you can do that by using the link below. 

http://maps.spokanecity.org/

Put your address in the search bar and click search.  Then click the grey small box in the upper left hand corner with three lines in it.  It will open a menu.  Select utilities, then check water and it will show you thin blue lines connecting to each address.  Click on the thin blue line and it will show you what your service line is made of. 

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