The rollout of funds from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law continues as President Joe Biden recently unveiled $500 million in funding for Philadelphia’s replacement of lead service pipes and upgrade of its water system.
This investment is a component of an initiative to replace all lead pipes nationwide over the next years. To date, grants totaling $1.2 billion have already been approved for 23 states, including Pennsylvania, to replace lead pipes.
Spectrum News NY1 further reported:
The bipartisan infrastructure law includes $15 billion over five years for lead pipe removal around the country; the Biden administration so far has funded removal of 100,000 lead service lines, according to the White House.
“It’s especially bad in older cities,” Biden said Friday. “Our water systems break down [and] the pipes start to deteriorate – exposure to lead pipes increases.”
Vice President Harris last week announced a new accelerator program for lead pipe removal that includes Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New Jersey and Wisconsin. Those four states will receive hands-on guidance from the EPA.
“With the largest investment in America’s water infrastructure in history, we are going to see this through and get this work done,” Harris said.