EPA to send over $28 million to Montana to replace lead pipes in drinking water system

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is sending more than $28 million to Montana to help identify and replace lead pipes in drinking water infrastructure.

The funding comes from a $15 billion allocation in the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure bill for lead pipe removal nationwide. The funds are managed by the state.

The extent of lead pipes in Montana is not yet known, but the EPA estimates they are present in less than two-tenths of a percent of the state's drinking water infrastructure.

The Montana Department of Environmental Quality is working to complete a complete inventory of Montana's leading service lines and solicit project proposals from communities by October.

Separately, Montana lawmakers allocated millions of dollars to remove lead from school drinking water supplies during the state's last legislative session.

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