The national conversation around infrastructure and water quality has only expanded in the last several years. Thankfully, infrastructure has largely been a bipartisan issue, and it’s become increasingly clear that federal lawmakers are prepared to put significant dollars behind ensuring our country’s water infrastructure is up to date and our drinking water is clean.
The continued existence of Lead Service Lines (LSLs) clearly highlights the need for investment – not because service lines are more important than a water treatment plant or water main, but because the public can easily understand that no one should be drinking from a leaded straw. The U.S. is finally on a path to replacing all LSLs, with the Federal government poised to invest in water infrastructure upgrades at proportions not seen in generations.
In early summer 2021, President Biden announced a slightly leaner bipartisan agreement had been reached regarding his initially proposed $2 trillion plan. This should serve as a point of relief for water systems wondering how they will pay to get the lead out of their communities, a charge that has been pushed significantly by the Biden administration thus far, and enforced by the EPA’s Lead and Copper Rule Revisions