ALBANY, NY (WENY)--NEW YORK CURRENTLY HAS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF LEAD PIPELINES. NEW PROPOSED rules FROM THE UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY intends TO IMPROVE LEAD AND COPPER RULES—INCLUdING REPLACING 100 PERCENT OF LEAD PIPES IN TEN YEARS.  

SOME ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES SAid THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS A GAME CHANGER.  

“This is the most important action to get the lead out of drinking water in U.S. history. Lead pipes have been contaminating our drinking water for far too long. They’re finally about to be a thing of the past and that’s a wonderful thing,” said Rob Hayes, Director of Clean Water, Environmental Advocates NY.

HAYES SAid THE FIRST STEP TO IMPLEMENtING THIS PLAN SHOULD BE FOR THE GOVERNOR TO SIGN A BILL CALLED THE LEAD PIPES RIGHT TO KNOW ACT, WHICH REQUIRES WATER SYSTEMS TO MAKE INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD SERVICE PIPELINES ACCESSIBLE TO THE PUBLIC.   

HAYES SAid ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATES ARE ALSO CALLING ON THE GOVERNOR TO INCLUDE ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS IN THE NEXT STATE BUDGET FOR LEAD PIPE REPLACEMENTS.  

“We need Governor Hochul to step up in the state budget to make that financial commitment from New York. You know, we don’t want the cost to replace these lead pipes falling on homeowners or tenants that are already struggling to pay for groceries and medicine. We need to get the lead out and do it as equitably as possible,” he said. 

NEW YORK HAS ONE THE HIGHEST AMOUNT OF LEAD PIPES IN THE NATION, BUT HAYES SAid WITH THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF MONEY AND POLITICAL WILL IT IS POSSIBLE.