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

US MP Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., spoke in the House of Representatives in the US Capitol in Washington in June 2020. Photo by House Television via AP

Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) announced that New York will receive $ 428,072,000 in federal funding from the non-partisan infrastructure investment law to strengthen drinking and sewage systems, including replacing dangerous lead supply lines and pipes and jobs will be preserved. This funding is the first round of a five year investment approved by this new law.

“Unfortunately, too many New Yorkers still lack access to clean water – lead, chemicals and other pollutants pose serious health threats,” said Rep. Maloney. “The landmark bipartisan infrastructure bill provided New York with funding to strengthen our water infrastructure and make important advances toward a lead-free future for all. The effects of lead exposure on children last a lifetime. In addition to these infrastructure investments, I helped provide $ 350 billion under the American Rescue Plan to state and local governments across the country that can be used to remove lead pipes from our water systems. The president has made this an important part of his plan to replace every lead pipe in America. I was proud to vote for these historic and transformative bills that will make a tremendous difference in advancing justice for the neediest communities, protecting all New York families, and ensuring our children grow up healthy and strong. “

The bipartisan infrastructure bill was signed by President Biden on November 15, 2021 and provides $ 50 billion for the Environmental Protection Agency to improve our country’s water systems – the largest single investment in water in history. Of that total, $ 15 billion will be used nationwide over the next five years to replace lead pipes and utility lines, with a special focus on promoting justice and justice for underserved communities.

In addition to this bipartisan infrastructure bill funding, the Democrats’ Build Back Better Act will add an additional $ 10 billion to these water safety efforts.

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