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Cleveland Water is in line to receive roughly $19 million next year from the bipartisan infrastructure law to replace thousands of lead service lines throughout Cleveland and Cuyahoga County.
Local officials hope that money is just the beginning. They plan to seek similar sums from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency for the next four years, as money from the infrastructure law continues to pour into the state.
Cleveland Water’s grants and low-interest loans would come from $355 million given to the Ohio EPA by the federal government over the next five years. The state agency has slated $71 million for distribution each year, most of which would go toward local, publicly-owned water systems across the state. Ohio EPA confirmed late last week that it intends to give Cleveland Water the money it is seeking.
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