(BINGHAMTON, N.Y.) — The City of Binghamton has been awarded more than $663,000 from New York State to replace lead service lines used for drinking water at residential locations.
“With this funding, the City will take another step to ensure residents have access to clean and safe drinking water for decades to come,” said Mayor David. “Replacing the antiquated water lines that were built with many of Binghamton’s older homes will help lower residents’ risk of lead exposure and protect the public health of our City.”
The use of lead in residential water service pipes was more common in the early 1900s before new regulations and construction practices caused a decline in lead use. When old water pipes containing lead corrode, lead can leach into the water, contaminating it.
Lead exposure is especially dangerous for young children. Caused by swallowing or inhaling lead, lead poisoning can harm a child’s growth, behavior and ability to learn.
The City of Binghamton Water Department will help identify properties with older service lines containing lead to target for replacement.
With a residential property, the City is responsible for the portion of a water service line that runs from water main line to the curb box. Homeowners are responsible for the portion of the service line that runs from the curb box to the water meter.
Binghamton is one of 26 municipalities in the state to receive funding for residential lead service line replacement, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced earlier this week. The funding, totaling $20 million, is part of New York’s Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017. Binghamton’s award is for $663,185.
“We thank Governor Cuomo for his continued commitment to the City of Binghamton and providing critical funding as we invest in all facets of infrastructure,” said Mayor David.
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