Nearly $1 million in federal funds for Kearny lead pipe replacement

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. joined Kearny Mayor Carol Jean Doyle and city officials Friday morning in announcing nearly $1 million in federal funding for lead pipe replacement.

“Every single Garden Stater and every American has a God-given right to clean water. If our government can’t provide safe, clean drinking water, then it’s no government at all,” said Pascrell, a Democrat whose Ninth District includes parts of Kearny and Secaucus.

“This federal funding my office secured will help Kearny replace old lead pipes and secure the city’s drinking water supply. I’m damn proud to have committed this money to Mayor Doyle, the City Council and our Kearny residents.”

The $959,752 award is part of $15 billion the federal government is distributing to help states replace their lead water pipes.

Two years ago, Gov. Phil Murphy signed a law replacing all water mains in the state.

“Congressman Pascrell is a man of his word. “He said he would engage the city of Kearny to fund the lead pipe replacement and came in person today to fulfill his promise,” Doyle said. “Thank you, Congressman, for being a man of your word. The city of Kearny is very grateful.”

In this year's state funding process, Pascrell secured $17,624,644 for 17 different community projects throughout the Ninth District.

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