TPT May 2022

systems. A $20mn effort will begin after approvals are made and contractors are selected later this year. Gov Gretchen Whitmer is attempting to allocate $117mn to water infrastructure projects in 19 counties in Michigan.


A 2016 study conducted by the American Water Works Association estimated that Massachusetts has more lead service lines than every state but ten. That same year, Massachusetts asked public water suppliers to complete inventory of their lead lines, but the results were totally inadequate. The few that responded stated that the pipes were installed nearly a century ago and there is little knowledge about their type or their safety ratings. In 2019, state officials launched an incentive program to replace private lines, and last year they used a federal grant to increase testing of drinking water at schools and child-care facilities. At least 3,900 lead water pipes were discovered and another 1,800 were listed as “materials unknown.” This situation is all too common in almost every state in the country. Water distribution systems are so old, few records exist on the types of pipes that are underground. These examples mirror ongoing efforts in numerous states. The danger associated with drinking contaminated water is very real, and time has run out for addressing the problems. Whether the bill before Congress now passes or not, funding will be found for the removal of pipelines that are delivering unsafe drinking water to millions of citizens. Water firms with capabilities and work experience related to the removal and replacement of lead, galvanised, and contaminated water pipelines will find an extremely high demand for their services over the next decade. Because this problem will not be fixed quickly, citizens are advised to check water purity and pipeline safety in the regions where they live or plan to visit.

New York

City leaders in Newburgh are seeking funding to identify and replace all of the lead pipes serving the area. Approximately a quarter of the city’s 28,000 or more residents live in a poverty area in homes built long before the ban on lead pipes in 1986. At least 2,900 lead service pipes need to be replaced and the first tranche of funding will be used to identify and prioritise the work that must be done as quickly as possible. Gov Tom Wolf has announced a large investment of funding for 25 drinking water, wastewater, and non-point source projects across a number of counties. A few of the 13 water projects and five wastewater projects are: • Allegheny County: The city of New Kensington received a $1.75mn grant to replace 326 lead service lines. • Beaver County: The city of Aliquippa was awarded a $2.04mn grant to replace 184 lead water service lines. • Clarion County: The Knox Borough received a $1.58mn grant to replace 5,100ft of existing cast iron water lines that contain lead components. • Clearfield County: The Falls Creek Borough Municipal Authority has $1.4mn to replace approximately 2,600ft of lead water mains. • Franklin County: The Borough of Chambersburg has $3.3mn to remove and replace up to 1,968 lead goosenecks and all lead or galvanised service lines encountered during the removal process. • Huntingdon County: The Mount Union Municipal Authority has a $1.9mn grant and a $240,000 loan to replace approximately 2,060 residential and commercial meters and remove any lead or galvanised service lines discovered during removal. • Lehigh County: The cityof Bethlehemhas $2.88mn to replaceapproximately 250 residential lead service lines. • Westmoreland County: The Municipal Authority of the Borough of Derry received a $2.9mn grant to replace approximately 170 lead service lines, extending from the distribution main to residential property. Pennsylvania

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