$600K coming to Gouverneur to help replace lead water lines
GOUVERNEUR – The Town of Gouverneur will be getting $607,629 from the state Department of Health for replacement of lead residential water service lines.
It is part of $20 million for water systems around the state announced today by Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office.Also today, a state Health Department database of school lead testing was updated. Information about lead in water in St. Lawrence County schools can be found by clicking here and then clicking on St. Lawrence County on the map.
“These critical improvements to New York's drinking water infrastructure are vital to protecting public health and to laying the foundation for future growth and economic prosperity in these communities... helping to protect residents and their families across this state and are creating a stronger, healthier New York,” Cuomo said.
Drinking water can be a source of lead exposure when service pipes that contain lead corrode, especially when the water has high acidity or low mineral content.
The use of lead in residential water service lines began decreasing in the 1930s because of the evolution of regulations and construction practices, according to the governor’s announcement.
Significant amounts of lead can leach into water when older service lines, brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder corrode.
The US Environmental Protection Agency estimates that drinking water contaminated with lead can contribute to 20 percent or more of a person's total lead exposure. Infants who consume mostly mixed formula can receive 40 to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water.
Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “Public health begins with access to clean drinking water, and reducing lead exposure, especially in children, should always be a top priority. This state-wide program to replace residential lead pipes in areas of the state that need it most will improve the health of New Yorkers.”
Municipalities were determined to be eligible to participate in the grant program based on the percentage of children with elevated blood levels, median household income, and the number of homes built before 1939. Grants will be used to replace residential lead service lines from the municipal water main to the residence.
Lead can harm a child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn. Women who are pregnant, or planning to become pregnant, should take extra care to avoid lead as it can be harmful to babies before they are born.
For more information about New York's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, click here.
For more information about school drinking water lead testing, click here.