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$20m for replacement of drinking water lead lines in New York

Staff Writer | November 28, 2017
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that $20 million dollars will be awarded statewide to replace residential drinking water lead service lines as part of New York's Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017.
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Empire State   Drinking water can be a source of lead exposure
"These critical improvements to New York's drinking water infrastructure are vital to protecting public health and to laying the foundation for future growth and economic prosperity in these communities," Governor Cuomo said.

"With this $20 million award, we are helping to protect residents and their families across this state and are creating a stronger, healthier New York."

Drinking water can be a source of lead exposure when service pipes that contain lead corrode, especially when the water has high acidity or low mineral content.

The use of lead in residential water service lines began decreasing in the 1930s because of the evolution of regulations and construction practices; however, significant amounts of lead can leach into water when older service lines, brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder corrode.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that drinking water contaminated with lead can contribute to 20 percent or more of a person's total lead exposure.

Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water.


 

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