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Funding to replace lead service lines

GLOVERSVILLE — The city has been awarded $623,655 in funds to remove lead service lines, according to a news release sent out by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday.

The funds are part of $20 million that has been awarded statewide to replace residential drinking water lead service lines as part of New York’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017.

“These critical improvements to New York’s drinking water infrastructure are vital to protecting public health and to laying the foundation for future growth and economic prosperity in these communities,” Cuomo said in a news release. “With this $20 million award, we are helping to protect residents and their families across this state and are creating a stronger, healthier New York.”

Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “Public health begins with access to clean drinking water, and reducing lead exposure, especially in children, should always be a top priority. This state-wide program to replace residential lead pipes in areas of the state that need it most will improve the health of New Yorkers.”

Municipalities were determined to be eligible to participate in the LSLRP based on the following criteria: percentage of children with elevated blood levels, median household income, and the number of homes built before 1939. Grants will be used to replace residential lead service lines from the municipal water main to the residence.

Officials with the city’s water department said on Tuesday, they had not yet received word they received the funding.

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