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After months of water pipe problems, Fresh Meadows residents are getting some help.

Councilman Barry S. Grodenchik and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic have the attention of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which they say will begin an investigation into the water lines on 188th Street between Union Turnpike and 73rd Avenue.

The investigation is the result of what homeowners have called an unusual series of water line ruptures in recent months.

Despite the connections between the home and city sewer lines being on private property, and thus the homeowners’ responsibility, the DEP will investigate based on inquiries from Grodenchik and Rozic.

“Since being alerted about the leaks by a number of residents, my office has been in frequent contact with the DEP,” said Grodenchik. “I appreciate DEP’s inquiry into this matter at my request, and I am hopeful that this investigation will yield information that can help the residents.”

The DEP will be investigating the infrastructure of the water lines, both of the homes and the city to figure out the cause of the breaks, ensure the lines are not compromised and prevent any more potential breaks.

The investigation will take place over the course of two weeks.

“I am pleased that the DEP has taken the necessary steps to investigate the ongoing leaks that have affected homeowners along 188th Street,” said Rozic. “While we await detailed information, homeowners should not hesitate to remain in contact with our offices should they continue experiencing issues related to the water line breaks.”

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