State Department of Health to fund lead pipe replacements in Glen Cove | Herald Community Newspapers
By Jennifer Corr
The City of Glen Cove will accept a maximum of $ 627,327 from the New York State Department of Health to fund new water lines under the NYS DOH Lead Service Line Replacement Program.
“We’re going to replace the lines, which is a good thing and we have to contribute from zero,” said Rocco Graziosi, the project manager at Public Works who oversees the operation.
Under the New York Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, the DOH had to implement the LSLRP to prevent lead exposure. According to the DOH, lead-containing service lines can corrode and lead to lead getting into drinking water. And while a lead service line doesn’t mean a household has a lead problem, the Environmental Protection Agency estimates that contaminated drinking water can add 20 percent or more to a person’s lead exposure, and infants who consume formula 40 to 60 percent Their exposure can result from contaminated water.
LSLRP funds are used to replace the entire length of domestic conduit lines. Excellent communities like Glen Cove must coordinate the lead service line exchange and submit the related costs to the state for reimbursement. City workers are required to work with homeowners to confirm the presence of utility lines that would need to be replaced.
Graziosi said once the city received final approval from the state, residents would be informed on their water bills on how to check for the presence of lead pipes. He noted that he doesn’t think there are many in Glen Cove and that older homes are more likely to be.
As soon as a resident believes they have a lead pipe, a DPW employee confirms its presence and the resident must submit an application. Graziosi said the resident shouldn’t lose water for too long. You will need to flush out any lead that may have gotten into the water.
The city will present the money and then refund the state.