The state’s largest city broke ground Wednesday on the first phase of a $75 million infrastructure project to remove lead service lines.
Phase 1 of the eight-year Lead Service Replacement Program will replace approximately 1,500 residential lead service lines throughout Newark. And in total, the program will look to remove about ten times that many.
Construction for the first phase is expected to take one year, the city said, with Phase 2 slated to begin in the third or fourth quarter of 2019.
Newark and the state collaborated on the Program’s financial backing to cap costs for homeowners, the city said, aiming to have them pay under $1,000 for the replacement. According to the city, the average cost to replace a residential lead service line typically ranges between $4,000 and $10,000.
“I would like to extend my sincere thanks to Governor Murphy, legislative leaders and Newark City Council members for working together with the City to make the Lead Service Line Replacement Program a reality,” Mayor Ras Baraka said. “Our partnership with the State of New Jersey is critical in helping homeowners afford the cost of replacing lead service lines.”
The application period for the Program opened to Newark residents in April 2018.