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$20 million to help replace lead water service lines

November 27, 2017 04:51 PM

The state is awarding $20 million to replace drinking water service lines that contain lead.

The governor's office says the money will be awarded statewide.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo says the improvements are vital to protecting public health.

Here in the Capital Region, we are receiving more than $1.5 million. The money is being split between Albany, Schenectady and Troy.

Drinking water can be a source of lead exposure when service pipes that contain lead corrode, especially when the water has high acidity or low mineral content.

Just last year, Governor Cuomo mandated lead testing and remediation for drinking water in public schools and required the public be notified of the results.

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