Walz signs lead pipe replacement bill

A bill to create grants for lead pipe replacement throughout Minnesota is now in effect.

Gov. Tim Walz signed the law into law Tuesday afternoon during a ceremony at a water treatment plant in St. Paul.

The bill, which received bipartisan support, would provide $240 million in grants for lead pipe replacement.

It came just under a month after the governor and several other local leaders announced the bill in St. Paul. As the bill was signed, Walz was again joined by several local leaders and state legislators.

Officials say corrosion of lead pipes can lead to increased levels of lead in water, which is harmful to people, especially children. In many places, including St. Paul, there have been efforts to replace lead piping for several years, but lead piping still exists in many areas.

Gov. Tim Walz speaks after signing a lead pipe replacement bill into law on May 16, 2023. (KSTP-TV)
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