Fresno moves to ban galvanized pipe for plumbing​

City officials for Fresno, Calif., voted unanimously to ban galvanized pipe for plumbing in new construction and remodeling projects over concerns of lead contamination and water quality issues in homes across northeast Fresno.

The Fresno City Council voted 6-0 on July 28 to approve the first reading of the ordinance. The ban will return to the council for a final vote next month.

It’s the first of three proposals arising from water quality complaints from residents since the beginning of 2016.

The second proposal covers adopting tougher rules governing now the city’s water department reports complaints from residents to the State Water Resources Control Board. The third proposal would establish a $250,000 program for rebates to help homeowners replace faucets and fixtures, and another $500,000 in low-interest loans to help with more extensive plumbing repairs.

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