New York invests in new water lines to reduce lead exposure

July 27, 2019 GMT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Eighteen communities around New York state are splitting $10 million in new state funding for the replacement of old drinking water lines that may contain lead.

The grants were announced on Friday by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat.

The effort to replace lead pipes is part of a broader $2.5 billion program approved by lawmakers to improve drinking water systems around the state.

Cities including funds as part of Friday’s grant announcement include Hudson, Oswego, Yonkers and Plattsburgh.

Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, a Democrat, said New Yorkers deserve “peace of mind” when it comes to drinking water safety and that replacing lead pipes should be a top priority.