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Lawmakers, Clean Water Advocates Celebrating Signing Of Lead Line Replacement

Copper pipe installation bringing water to Troy Hernandez's residence in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood on Friday, April 9, 2021. President Joe Biden’s proposal to get rid of every lead water pipe in the country could have huge ramifications. That's especially true in communities where a large number of Black, Latino and low-income residents have been left effectively drinking from a lead straw. The problem persists decades after scientists established that lead consumption is unsafe at any level. Biden announced the pipe proposal as part of his $2.3 trillion infrastructure package. (AP Photo/Shafkat Anowar)

Lawmakers and clean water advocates are celebrating after Governor J.B. Pritzker signed legislation initiating the replacement of lead service lines. The Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act signed yesterday will require water utilities to replace all such lines in Illinois. The process is expected to create eleven-thousand jobs. Representatives from the Illinois Environmental Council and United Associations Plumbers Local 130 praised the signing of the bill yesterday afternoon.

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