City of Newburgh Launches Lead Service Line Replacement Program
NEWBURGH, N.Y. – The City of Newburgh is pleased to announce the launch of the City of Newburgh’s Lead Service Line Replacement Program. The City was awarded a grant of up to $544,000 from the NYS Department of Health to identify and replace lead water service lines from the City’s main to homeowners’ water meters. While the City of Newburgh's drinking water does not contain lead, the corrosion of lead pipes can cause lead to leach into water flowing through the pipes in a home and potentially into drinking water. If a service line was last installed prior to 1940, it is likely that service line was made with lead. It is anticipated that the City will replace lead service lines in approximately 68 properties in 2018 and 2019.
The priority area will be properties in the City where there is a high density of lead service lines and a high density of children. Properties with households that include a child under the age of six (6) that has tested positive for elevated blood lead levels are encouraged to apply. The properties may be single family owner-occupied properties or rental properties.
There will be no cost to the property owner associated with Lead Service Line Replacement Program, except where contractor quotes exceed the $10,000 anticipated limit.
Applications will be available beginning June 22, 2018. Once an application has been submitted, the City will verify whether the property has an eligible lead service line. Most replacement projects will be completed within one to two days. Water service will need to be turned off during the replacement project. Advanced notice to owners and tenants/occupants will be provided prior to this service disruption. It is expected that the first round of lead service replacement projects will begin in early August 2018 and will continue through the end of 2018 and into 2019.
Applications may be picked up at the City of Newburgh Code Compliance office, 123 Grand Street or at City Hall, 83 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550. They will also be available on the City of Newburgh’s website - www.cityofnewburgh-ny.gov.
For additional assistance, please contact Wayne Vradenburgh, City of Newburgh Water Superintendent, at 845-565-3356 or Rod Decker, the City of Newburgh Plumbing Inspector, at 845-569-7400.