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Maloney Announces $428 Million Headed to New York to Strengthen Water Systems, Replace Lead Pipes and Service Lines

December 18, 2021 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) announced that New York will soon receive $428,072,000 in federal funding to strengthen drinking and wastewater systems, including the replacement of dangerous lead service lines and pipes, from the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This funding is the first round of a five-year investment authorized by this new law.

“Sadly, too many New Yorkers still don’t have access to clean water – with lead, forever chemicals, and other contaminants posing a serious health threat,” said Rep. Maloney. “The landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Law has delivered funding to New York to strengthen our water infrastructure and forge important progress toward a lead-free future for all. The impacts of lead exposure on children last a lifetime. In addition to these infrastructure investments, I helped deliver $350 billion in the American Rescue Plan to state and local governments across the country that can be used to get lead pipes out of our water systems. The President has made this a key part of his plan to replace every lead pipe in America. I was proud to vote for these historic and transformative bills, which will make an enormous difference in advancing justice for communities most in need, keeping all New York families safe and ensuring our children grow up healthy and strong.”

Signed into law by President Biden on November 15, 2021 the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law included $50 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency to improve our nation’s water systems – the largest single investment in water in history.  Of this total, $15 billion nationally will go toward replacing lead pipes and service lines over the next five years, with a special focus on advancing equity and justice for under-resourced communities.

In addition to this funding under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Democrats’ Build Back Better Act will add an additional $10 billion to this water safety effort.

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