New Jersey Governor Seeks $500 Million Bond to Replace Lead Paint, Pipes - NBC New York

New Jersey Governor Seeks $500 Million Bond to Replace Lead Paint, Pipes

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    Newark Scales Back Water Distribution Amid Lead Crisis

    Instead of giving out the bottles of water, the city is asking residents to get their homes tested and pick up filters, which they say are up to 99% effective at removing the lead. NBC New York’s Gus Rosendale reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019)

    What to Know

    • New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is calling for a sweeping $500 million bond to finance the replacement of lead pipes and lead paint across state

    • The announcement comes two months after the issue surfaced in Newark with positive tests for lead in drinking water

    • Murphy said the goal is to remove and replace all lead service lines across the state within the next 10 years

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy is calling for a sweeping $500 million bond to finance the replacement of lead pipes and lead paint across the state.

    The Democrat outlined his "comprehensive strategy" for dealing with the state's lead issue on Thursday, two months after the issue surfaced in Newark with positive tests for lead in drinking water.

    The plan also calls on his Cabinet to come up with a publicly available lead testing strategy and an inventory of lead paint and plumbing. Only a handful of states require or do voluntary inventories of lead pipes leading to homes.

    It's unclear whether the $500 million bond would be enough to finance the project entirely. Some estimates put the price tag of lead pipe replacement alone at $2 billion.

    Crews Begin Replacing Old Lead Pipes in Newark

    [NY] Crews Begin Replacing Old Lead Pipes in Newark

    At least 18,000 old pipes need to be replaced in Newark, and officials are hoping to have it all done within three years. NBC New York’s Brian Thompson reports.

    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019)

    Murphy said the goal is to remove and replace all lead service lines across the state within the next 10 years. 

    "It is time for us to ensure that New Jerseyans are safe from lead exposure and that generations to come remain safe. Every lead service line we replace is a step forward. Every home we can ensure is “lead safe” is a step forward," he said.

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