Old lead pipes push replacement plan in New Jersey capital

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MIKE CATALINI / AP / WHYY – All 37,000 of the lead water pipes in New Jersey’s capital city will be replaced over the next five years at an estimated cost of $150 million, Trenton officials said Thursday.

The announcement comes about five months after the state’s biggest city, Newark, said it would speed up the replacement of its 18,000 lead lines over the next 2 1/2 years — and as the state grapples with how to move forward with its old water infrastructure.

Trenton’s publicly owned water utility draws water from the Delaware River and serves some 200,000 customers in the city, in addition to surrounding communities of Ewing, Hamilton, Hopewell and Lawrence …

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