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East Chicago lead water line project lacks participation

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) - A utilities director in northwest Indiana says lagging participation in a lead water service line replacement project could affect the area's ability to justify future projects.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports that the East Chicago Water Board approved a $3.1 million plan last year to replace lead and galvanized steel water services lines in nearly 400 homes at the Superfund site.

Hasse Construction won the lead line contract after bidding $1.3 million. Utilities Director Abderrahman Zehraoui says a lack of resident participation has increased contractor's costs because there's not enough daily work. He says officials plan to hold a public meeting to raise awareness of the project.

Zehraoui says costs have also increased because of the need to dewater some properties and unexpected concrete removal and replacement.

The city has replaced nearly 200 lead lines since last year.

Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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