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The Village of Montgomery will soon remove the last remaining lead service lines in the village.
Earlier this week, the village board unanimously approved intent to award a $1,060,741 contract for Brandt Excavating of Morris to complete lead service line replacement for 105 lines in the Marviray Manor subdivision and in downtown Montgomery.
As WSPY previously reported, the village applied for a 100% forgivable loan up to $1 million through the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the contract is contingent on that approval and would be finalized essentially when the paperwork is returned.
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RITTMAN — Rittman Utilities will start replacing waterlines on Third Street in the next 45 days that may be made of lead.
The waterline replacement project will affect residences on South Third Street between North Park Street and Ohio Avenue and on North Third Street between Ohio Avenue and Clover Street. City records indicate that the part of the water service line that connects the water main to the plumbing system on the resident’s property may be made of lead.
“A lead service line can present the largest single source of lead in a property’s plumbing system and replacement of the line is the only way to ensure that the line does not present a danger to people consuming water,” Rittman Utilities Director Ken Mann wrote in a letter to Third Street residents dated Aug. 20.
AMSTERDAM, N.Y. (WRGB) – It’s a city in dire financial straights. But now there’s some hope.
A new state grant could help kick start replacement of lead pipes that lead to homes, including homes on a street CBS 6 has covered extensively.
Mayor Michael Villa provided CBS 6 a picture of a letter from the state Department of Health. It says the city of Amsterdam will be given just under $522,000 to replace lead service pipes that deliver water to homes.
While this money will be used throughout the city, the Mayor says Church Street will be included.
More than four years after a public health emergency was declared due to lead contamination of drinking water in Flint, MI, communities across the country continue to battle lead service lines (LSLs). In New York, a multimillion-dollar program may help put an end to that struggle.
“Eighteen communities around New York state are splitting $10 million in new state funding for the replacement of old drinking water lines that may contain lead,” according to a report from AP News. “The effort to replace lead pipes is part of a broad $2.5 billion program approved by lawmakers to improve drinking water systems around the state.”
There have been different approaches to combating the lead contamination problem in the U.S., including concerted treatment efforts at drinking water plants that add corrosion protection. But ultimately, the only way to truly solve the problem is to replace lead-leaching pipelines.
New York has already awarded $20 million for replacement costs as part of its larger $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act from 2017.
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As we have explained in past blogs, it is critical that states have rough estimates of how many lead service lines (LSLs) each drinking water utility in the state may have in order to develop sound policy decisions and set priorities. Congress recognized the importance of LSL inventories when it directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018 to develop a national count of LSLs on public and private property in the next round of the 2020 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey. States have a crucial supporting role in the Needs Survey since it is the basis of allocating State Revolving Loan Funds to the states.
This month, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) released a useful guidance document to help states develop LSL inventories. The guidance builds on the lessons learned from:
City of Hornell to receive $528,750
HORNELL — Governor Andrew M. Cuomo has announced that $10 million will be awarded to 18 municipalities statewide to continue the state’s initiative to replace residential drinking water lead service lines through the New York State Department of Health’s Lead Service Line Replacement Program.
Among them is the City of Hornell, which is receiving $528,750. Hornell and the City of Norwich were the award winners in the Southern Tier region.
“New York has invested unprecedented funding to protect drinking water quality including critical infrastructure projects that are underway across the state,” Governor Cuomo said. “This next round of funding advances our commitment to helping municipalities upgrade outdated systems, helping improve health and keep our communities thriving.”
KINGSTON, N.Y. — The city's Office of Economic and Community Development will collect information from Kingston residents who believe they may have supply-side lead water pipes connected to their homes so those individuals can be placed on a waiting list for replacements.
Through an initial form, city staff will determine eligibility for replacement by making site visits to visually identify lead service pipes. Once the tie-in pipes have been determined to have lead, they will be placed on a waiting list for replacement. The form must be completed by 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 16.
The city's drinking water does not contain lead, but the corrosion of lead pipes and lead solder in a home can cause lead to leach into drinking water. Based on historical documentation and service line installation dates, the city Water Department estimates 59 percent of existing Kingston water service lines may contain lead. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates 10 to 20 percent of the lead exposure in young children may come from drinking water.
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