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City to forgive remaining balances on lead service line replacement loans

City to forgive remaining balances on lead service line replacement loans
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The few dozen Evanston residents who have taken out interest-free loans to get rid of the lead pipes that carry water into their homes are fortunate.

The Pilot Service Replacement Loan Program, which began in 2017, has provided assistance to residents of pilot service lines who live in areas affected by the city’s major water improvement projects.

During major water improvement projects, the city automatically replaced major service lines within public property, but residents were expected to cover the cost of replacing service lines under their property. The loan program has made it easier for homeowners to replace pipes made of toxic metal, and since its inception, 39 residents have taken out a loan.

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