- Associated Press - Friday, May 20, 2016

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - The City of Bozeman plans to replace its remaining lead water pipes over the next three years.

Public Works Director Craig Woolard tells the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1XECfMh ) that the city has always been in compliance with the federal lead and copper rule, but says the lead service lines pose a risk the city wants to eliminate.

City officials believe about 170 homes, most built before the 1940s, still have lead service lines.

Lead is a toxic metal that can damage the brain and nervous system. It can leach from the pipes into drinking water if the water is more acidic or has low mineral content. Woolard says the city carefully manages the water’s chemistry.

Poorly managed water chemistry in Flint, Michigan, corroded lead pipes there, causing a public health crisis that received national attention.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, https://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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