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WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - The city of Watertown is replacing water service lines made with lead. A couple of years ago, the city received money from the state to do it, but it still has a lot of money left.
The city Water Department crew is digging down to the water line going to a home on East Avenue.
It is replacing a lead piece of piping called a goose neck.
"As the water goes over that lead piece of pipe, it collects some of that lead and then people are drinking it, so obviously we want to remove that," said Vicky Murphy, the city's water superintendent.
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - In recognition of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (October 20 – 26, 2019), the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities (DPU) announces its Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) Grant Program. This week raises awareness of lead poisoning and focuses on ways to reduce childhood exposure to lead, as lead can be especially harmful to children.
The Department of Public Utilities says water supplied by the city is safe and has won awards for its quality. The city also treats water with an inhibitor to help mitigate the possibility of lead being deposited in the pipes. But lead can get into tap water through home service piping, lead solder used in plumbing and some brass fixtures. Homes built prior to the mid-1980s may contain lead piping or other lead components that may result in small amounts of lead being deposited in the water that goes to homes.
The LSLR Grant Program helps homeowners get lead out of their homes by replacing lead water service lines. Financial assistance up to $2,500 can be awarded for direct costs for lead service line replacement. The grant program was introduced by DPU in 2018 and is now in its second phase. Richmond is one of three localities in the commonwealth to receive grant funding from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water. “We recognize our responsibility and role in ensuring the public health of our community is always foremost. I’m especially proud of the work my team does in providing clean and safe drinking water and in administering this grant program. Collaborative partnerships, like this with the Virginia Department of Health, are essential with limited public funding and investment,” says Calvin D. Farr, Jr., DPU director.
DPU publishes a Consumer Confidence Report each year that highlights the quality of its drinking water. These reports are published on the website at www.richmondgov.com. Hard copies are available upon request. Additionally, water utility customers can request testing of their drinking water at any time.
For more information on the Lead Service Line Replacement Grant Program, contact:
Michelle Woodson, (804) 646-8544
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BUFFALO, NY, OCT 21, 2019 -- Mayor Byron W. Brown and Buffalo Water Board Chairman Oluwole “OJ” McFoy recently announced that Buffalo “Replace Old Lead Lines” (ROLL) program has replaced over 100 water lines since its launch in late June. This pilot program, funded through $567,000 from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s water line replacement initiative, as well as a $155,000 member item grant from Senator Jacobs, and a $100,000 Department of Environmental Conservation grant, has enabled the City to replace residents’ water service lines when those lines experience a break or a leak.
“With the announcement of this program earlier this year, it was my goal to further the city’s commitment to combatting lead exposure, while also making our communities healthier and stronger,” Mayor Brown said. “Replacement of lead service lines will not only ensure the continued safety of our drinking water, but it will also enhance residential infrastructure making it more resilient for the future.”
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On Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy unveiled a sweeping agenda designed to eliminate New Jersey’s lead contamination problem in 10 years. The plan includes replacing every lead service line that’s leaching the potent toxin into drinking water and requiring every child to be tested for lead before starting school.
“It is time for us to ensure that New Jerseyans are safe from lead exposure, and that generations to come remain safe,” said Murphy. “The damage that is done to kids who have exposure — and it’s not treated, it’s not known — is so overwhelmingly obvious.”
Getting the lead out will be a massive task.
Information from New Jersey water utilities estimates 350,000 lead service lines need to be replaced statewide, and that the cost to replace them all could top $2 billion.
Murphy would remediate the lead problem by asking voters to approve a $500 million bond issue in November 2020 to help public water utilities with paying for lead service line replacement. His goal: to replace all lead service lines within a decade.
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By Michael Sol Warren | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com and Brent Johnson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
There’s a new plan for eliminating lead contamination in New Jersey’s water. It just needs 10 years and billions of dollars.
A package of recommendations released on Thursday by Jersey Water Works, a nonpartisan infrastructure advocacy group, calls for sweeping policy changes to address the lead threat in the Garden State.
Gov. Phil Murphy joined the task force at a news conference in Trenton where the plan was unveiled, and embraced the proposals put forward by the task force. In his speech, Murphy announced that he will push for a $500 million statewide bond initiative to address lead contamination.
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