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New Jersey to Get Over $123 Million for Lead Pipe Replacement to Advance Safe Drinking Water

May 2, 2024 |

Credit: Image by Boris Trost from Pixabay

Today (5/2), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced $123.1 million from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to help New Jersey identify and replace lead service lines, preventing exposure to lead in drinking water. Lead can cause a range of serious health impacts, including irreversible harm to brain development in children. To protect children and families, President Biden has committed to replacing every lead pipe in the country. Today’s announcement, funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and available through EPA’s successful Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, takes another major step to advance this work and environmental justice, and bolsters the Administration’s Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan and EPA’s Get the Lead Out Initiative.

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NJ SEED: More than 161,000 lead service lines are believed to still be in place across some 104 water systems in New Jersey. It is estimated that it will cost over $2 billion to replace them all. $123 million from the federal government is welcome. That leaves only $870 million more to find to complete the job.

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