The Niles City Council has approved a plan that would replace more than 2,600 lead service lines.
The city’s municipal budget has $300,000 set aside each year for around 50 emergency lead water line replacements. WSBT reports that they will have to increase that number if they are to meet Michigan’s mandatory line replacement deadline in 20 years.
The similar effort in Benton Harbor is replacing nearly twice as many lines in less than 2 years.
The City of Niles says they need around $26 million to meet the mandate, and has applied for a loan from the state. They should get an answer in August.
Officials in the city say the water is tested every day and is safe to drink.