"Harris in NJ Points To Newark As Model For Lead Replacement"

"NEWARK, N.J. — The success of New Jersey’s biggest city at replacing nearly 24,000 lead drinking water pipes can serve as a national model and shows why infrastructure spending is vital, Vice President Kamala Harris said Friday in Newark.

Harris attended a roundtable discussion along side Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Michael Regan, Gov. Phil Murphy, Mayor Ras Baraka and other officials and residents.

Newark recently replaced lead service lines, a project expected to take up to a decade, in under three years, according to city and state officials, making the city an “example and role model of what cities around our country are capable of doing,” Harris said.

Her visit marks the start of what she said was a “road show” around the country to talk about the importance of removing lead pipes and to promote the $1 trillion infrastructure legislation President Joe Biden signed into law in November. The measure contains $15 billion for lead pipe removal and replacement, with $3 billion going out this year."

Mike Catalini reports for the Associated Press February 11, 2022.

Source: AP, 02/14/2022