April 19, 2022 – Toledo
The City of Toledo hosted a visit from US Environmental Protection Agency’s Administrator, Michael S. Regan on Tuesday April 19. On Tuesday, the Administrator visited a lead service line replacement at Karen George’s home in Toledo’s Junction neighborhood. Regan’s visit underscored both the problem and the solution to lead drinking water service lines in our country.
The visit recognizes progress in the City of Toledo. Toledo has used BlueConduit’s lead service line predictions to prioritize service line replacement based on risk in Toledo. Building on the inventory, the city has committed to replace all of the lead service lines in the city, both public and private-side, free of cost to residents.
Eric Schwartz and Ian Robinson, BlueConduit’s Co-CEO and COO respectively, met with Administrator Regan and officials of the City of Toledo at the home of Karen George, a Toledo resident whose home’s service lines were being replaced.
From the News Coverage in Toledo
“Unfortunately, I found out just this month that I do have lead still attached to my house. So, I’m dealing with the best way that I know how, but I’m glad that they’re here to do what they got to do to help me,” George said.Quote from the WTOL11 coverage of the event.
“People like Mrs. George doesn’t have to come out of pocket and spend $3,000 to replace lead service lines,” Regan said. “It means the world to us. We know that there is no acceptable level of lead and we know that we do not want our children exposed to lead. So whether it’s Mrs. George or any of her family members that might be visiting, we’re excited that they’ll be drinking clean, safe, affordable drinking water.”US EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan quoted in the NBC24 Coverage
Read the press coverage of the event
More coverage on Toledo’s Program
- Read more on Toledo’s LSLR commitment and progress.
- Video: Hear Patekka Bannister, Toledo’s Commissioner of Plant Operations, discuss Toledo’s the lead service line inventory and replacement approach with Ian Robinson (30 minutes)
- View Toledo’s Lead Line Inventory and Replacement website
- Tour BlueConduit’s platform