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Akron planning to replace lead water lines


DOWNTOWN AKRON — The City of Akron is moving forward with its effort to eliminate lead water service lines.
During the Jan. 31 Akron City Council meeting, members heard details of legislation to use $550,000 of American Rescue Plan Act funding to replace remaining lead service lines in the city.
Service Director Chris Ludle said there are fewer than 3,000 lead service lines remaining in the city’s water distribution system. The number has been substantially reduced since the 1950s, when there were more than 50,000 lead lines in the city, according to city officials. During the 2020 testing period, Akron water tested significantly below the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limit, city officials said. Akron reported lead at 0.00155 milligrams per liter, which is 90 percent below the EPA action level, officials added.
Ludle said the hope is to eliminate all lead services by 2024.
Council placed the legislation on the consent agenda to be voted on at the next meeting.
Also during the meeting, Council heard an update from city officials and Akron Fire Department officials about two elevators not working at the White Pond Villa apartments in early January. Officials said there are 173 units in the building and currently the two elevators are working with a temporary fix, as a part has been ordered to make a more permanent fix. Several Council members suggested the property management company and the owner come before Council at an upcoming meeting to discuss the elevator repairs further.
In addition, Council approved a contract with Assetworks for the fuel management system replacement project. The system is used as a fueling station for several city and county vehicles.
Council will next meet Feb. 7 for committee meetings beginning at 1 p.m. and a regular meeting at 7 p.m., with both meetings conducted via the Zoom videoconference application. The public can view the meetings on Council’s YouTube page. For a link, visit www.akroncitycouncil.org.

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