The Washington Post
Brady Dennis & Brittany Greeson
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“Never again can we allow what happened in Flint, Michigan,” President Biden said on a sweltering Tuesday afternoon this August inside the East Room of the White House.
The admonition came as the president touted a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that had just cleared the U.S. Senate. He spoke of rebuilding the nation’s roads and bridges, boosting public transit and constructing electric vehicle charging stations.
And replacing pipes. Lots of pipes.
The legislation would set aside roughly $55 billion to repair and replace the nation’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure, including funds to eradicate lead pipes that remain buried in communities around the country. “Millions of lead pipes carrying drinking water to our homes and schools and day-care centers — they’re finally going to be replaced,” Biden said.
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