FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2019
City Opens Lead
Service Line Replacement Waiting List
Being Taken Until Friday, August 16, 2019
KINGSTON, NY – The City of Kingston’s
Office of Economic and Community Development will be collecting information
from residents who believe they may have supply-side lead water pipes connected
to their home. Through an initial form,
City staff will determine eligibility by making site visits to visually
identify lead service pipes. Once the tie-in pipes have been positively
determined to have lead, they will be placed on a waiting list for replacement.
must be completed by Friday, August 16 at 3:00pm.
The City of Kingston’s high quality
drinking water does not contain lead, but the corrosion of lead pipes and lead
solder in a home can cause lead to leach into drinking water. Based on
historical documentation and service line installation dates, the City of
Kingston Water Department estimates that approximately 59% of existing City
water service lines may contain lead pipes. The EPA estimates that 10-20% of
the lead exposure in young children may come from drinking water.
“The City of Kingston is committed to the
protection of our community’s health,” said Mayor Noble. “If you suspect your
service pipes might contain lead, please fill out the contact form so that we
can identify if your pipes are in need of and qualify for replacement.”
To be considered for the Lead Service Line
Replacement Program the home must be in the City of Kingston, built before
1940, a residential single or multifamily property (mixed use, industrial,
manufacturing and commercial properties are not eligible), and a Housing
Rehabilitation Specialist must be able to visually verify that a lead pipe is
connected to the supply side of the water meter.
The Lead Service Line Replacement Program
waiting list will be prioritized as such:
a. Properties with residents with elevated
blood levels will be served first.
b. Properties with residents under six
year of age will be served next.
c. Lots will be drawn for the order of the
remaining homes on the waiting list.
Funds for the City of Kingston’s Lead
Service Line Replacement Program are available through the New York State
Department of Health to provide assistance to owner-occupied single-family
residences and rental properties located within City of Kingston. The City will
continue replacing identified lead service through February 2020 or until all
funds have been expended.
Forms may also be obtained at the Office of Economic and Community Development
on the ground floor of City Hall at 420 Broadway or by contacting 845-334-3920
or [email protected]. Completed
forms will be accepted until Friday, August 16, 2019 at 3:00pm.
Las personas que no hablan inglés y que
desean participar en el Programa y necesitan asistencia deben comunicarse con
Arlene Puentes al 845-334 -3920.