to Accelerate Lead Service Line Replacement as Part of Investing in America Agenda
WASHINGTON (Nov. 6, 2023) – Today in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox announced a partnership with the State of New Jersey to assist 10 communities in accelerating progress toward lead service line identification and replacement, as part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to deliver clean drinking water to families and children, and EPA’s “Lead Service Line Replacement Accelerators” initiative. This initiative, which is in partnership with the Department of Labor and New Jersey, will work to provide targeted technical assistance services to help underserved communities reduce exposure to lead in drinking water and to protect health of New Jersey children and families.
“There is no safe level of exposure to lead,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox. “That’s why President Biden has called for 100% removal of lead pipes, and EPA is partnering with 10 New Jersey communities to accelerate progress. Thanks to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, we finally have the funds to do just that. New Jersey’s role in lead service line replacement serves as a model for the rest of the nation. Together we can protect children and families where they live, work, and play.”
As part of EPA’s Lead Service Line Replacement Accelerators program, Blackwood, Camden, Clementon, East Newark, Harrison, Keansburg, Keyport, New Brunswick, Trenton, and Ventnor are working hand-in-hand with EPA and the State of New Jersey to get the lead out. The communities are receiving water technical assistance (WaterTA) to identify lead pipes in their water systems, access infrastructure funds, and develop plans to replace lead pipes that pose risks to human health.
Through the Accelerators, EPA provides hands-on support to guide communities through the process of lead service line removals, from start to finish. This includes support in developing lead service line replacement plans, conducting inventories to identify lead pipes, increasing community outreach and education efforts, and supporting applications for Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding. As a result, more communities will be able to access their fair share of federal funds to secure a lead-free future.
The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law dedicates $15 billion to lead service line removal and replacement. In order to ensure every community can access their fair share of this unprecedented investment, EPA continues to expand its WaterTA programs and support communities in applying for federal funding.