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The city of Norwich was one of two in the Southern Tier awarded state funds to replace lead water pipes.
Norwich and Hornell each received a $528,750 grant to find and replace residential water service lines that contain lead, according to a media release.
“This is a terrific opportunity for homeowners to update lead piping going into their homes, ensuring water quality as well as being beneficial to the community at large,” said Norwich Mayor Christine Carnrike. “We consider this an important quality-of-life issue that New York state is making inroads in addressing.”
The grant funds, announced at the end of July, are the second round in an initiative of the state Department of Health to invest in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. $10 million was earmarked in the 2019 fiscal year budget to continue the state’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017, according to the release.
Edward Pepe, the city’s public works superintendent, said the extent of the problem is uncertain.
Environmental Defense Fund
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In January, we reported on the tremendous progress made by states and communities in 2018 to replace lead service lines (LSLs) – the estimated 6.1 million lead pipes across the country that connect homes and other buildings to the water main under the street. At that time, our tracker stood at 95 communities and 16 states working to replace LSLs.
Half a year later, and the total number of communities (including municipalities and water utilities) EDF has learned of that are leading the way has swelled to 181.
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ROCKFORD (WREX) — A federal grant is allowing the City of Rockford to replace lead water pipes.
The city secured a $2 million Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) State Revolving Loan that doesn’t need to be paid back.
Over the next five years, Rockford Water plans to replace about 2,500 of its 14,000 known lead service lines, focusing on the highest risk pipes first. The $2 million is expected to cover work that started in July and will go through spring. The city plans to apply for another loan to continue the program once the $2 million is used. It will take several years to replace all the lead lines.
The city says they’re taking a three-prong approach to the project:
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The money is part of $10 million awarded to 18 municipalities in New York state in July. The state also spent $10 million on the lead service line replacement program last year, all of the funding coming from the $2.5 billion Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017.
Unlike many lead pipe removal programs, this one pays the entire cost of replacing a lead service line feeding water into a private residence, without cost to the homeowner.
The rules of the Lead Service Line Replacement program allow each municipality to decide which homeowners can tap into the funds. The money can be used to either reimburse private contractors hired by homeowners, with contracts approved by the state, or to reimburse the municipality for costs incurred to its Department of Public Works. Eligible expenses include engineering plans for removal of the pipes, as well as construction costs. The state estimates the cost to replace most residential lines will be $5,000 to $10,000 per lead service line. Each municipality will be responsible for contacting homeowners to confirm the presence of a lead service line, full or partial, and whether or not the homeowner is interested in having it replaced.
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