Murray, Cantwell Announce Over $28 Million for Lead Pipe Replacement in Washington State to Deliver Safe Drinking Water

Washington, D.C – Today, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Maria Cantwell (D-WA), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, applauded $28,650,000 in support of the Washington State Identify and replace lead service lines to prevent exposure to lead in drinking water. Lead can cause a number of serious health problems, including irreversible damage to brain development in children. Today's announcement is sponsored by bipartisan infrastructure bill Senators Murray and Cantwell, who helped pass it, and is made available through the Environmental Protection Agency's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). For more information, including the breakdown of 2024 funding by state and a breakdown of EPA's flagship Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, click HERE.

“In 2024, no household in America should turn on their water and wonder if it is safe to drink.” said Senator Murray. “This investment will help communities across our state improve water infrastructure to ensure families have access to the clean, safe drinking water they deserve. I helped pass the bipartisan infrastructure bill in the Senate, which included historic new funding for clean drinking water, and as budget chair, I fought to protect these vital resources in this year's funding legislation. This funding will help make important upgrades – and I will continue to fight to secure the resources we need so every family has clean drinking water.”

“Lead-contaminated drinking water continues to pose a serious health threat to thousands of households in Washington state. “All children and families deserve clean drinking water, and this investment will help provide communities the resources they need to combat dangerous water Identify and remove lead-containing water supply pipes.” said Senator Cantwell.

The EPA projects that there are a total of 9 million lead service lines nationwide, based on data collected as part of the updated 7th Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment. The funding announced today will help identify and replace lead service lines and will help all states and territories fund projects to remove lead lines and reduce lead contamination from drinking water. The total funding announced so far under this program is intended to replace up to 1.7 million lead pipes nationwide, ensuring clean drinking water for countless families. Together, EPA and the State Revolving Funds are advancing President Biden's Justice40 initiative to ensure that 40% of the total benefits from certain federal investments go to disadvantaged communities marginalized by underinvestment and overburdened by pollution. Communities of color and low-income families are disproportionately affected by lead exposure.

Murray and Cantwell both fought and used their respective committee assignments to secure funding to replace dangerous lead pipes still in use in communities across the country; Senators previously announced more than $152 million for clean water projects in Washington state as part of the bipartisan infrastructure bill. Last fall, Murray announced $20 million for Washington state to modernize water and wastewater infrastructure, as well as another $40 million to modernize facilities and protect people from water contaminants like PFAS. Murray also secured millions for clean drinking water in this year's spending package through congressionally directed spending, including $5 million for the city of Mattawa to improve its drinking water system, $3 million for Vancouver's Discovery Clean Water Alliance and more. Murray has long worked to eliminate PFAS contamination, conducting rigorous oversight and securing major investments to reduce PFAS pollution in this year's budget legislation signed into law.

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