Cuomo: Auburn gets $698K to replace lead drinking water pipes
The city of Auburn is one of more than 20 New York municipalities awarded funding to replace aging drinking water lines that contain lead.
Auburn will receive $698,134 through the state Department of Health’s Lead Service Line Replacement Program.
In the Finger Lakes region, the town of Lyons in Wayne County received a $538,096 grant.
Overall, the state allocated $20 million to replace lead service lines.
Andrew Cuomo said.
Water contamination is possible when pipes containing lead corrode.
Lead poisoning can be harmful, especially for young children and babies.
Thousands of children were exposed to lead as a result of the crisis.
State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said New York’s program to replace lead water pipes will improve the health of residents.
"Public health begins with access to clean drinking water, and reducing lead exposure, especially in children, should always be a top priority," he said.