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Youngstown considers replacing thousands of water meters

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - City council is eyeing the replacement of some of the 50-thousand water meters in homes and businesses in the valley.

The  agenda for council's Wednesday night meeting includes an item that would hire an engineering firm to develop specifications for replacement of the meters utilized by the Youngstown Water Department.

An EPA regulation included in the Safe Water Drinking Act mandates that all water meters manufactured after January 4, 2014 must be lead free.

The law also prohibits the water department from purchasing, rebuilding or reusing bronze water meters that contain trace amounts of lead.

The water department's last meter change project was in 1988. The majority of the meters in the system have exceeded their life expectancy.

 

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