Michigan announces 18-month goal to remove Benton Harbor lead water lines

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Following weeks of local criticism, state officials on Thursday announced a more aggressive plan to provide clean water for Benton Harbor residents, including an 18-month timeline to replace the city’s lead service lines following at least three years of problems with lead-tainted water.

“Every Michigander deserves safe drinking water, and every community deserves lead-free pipes,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in a statement Thursday announcing the lead removal plans, adding that “we will not rest until the job is done.”

During a press conference Thursday in Benton Harbor, Lieutenant Gov. Garlin Gilchrist outlined an array of new efforts from the state, including expanded free bottled water distribution and free or low-cost water testing for Benton Harbor residents.

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