Lead Pipes: Biden Visit Highlights Pittsburgh Water Contamination Woes

"President Biden's scheduled appearance in Pittsburgh tomorrow to unveil a multitrillion-dollar infrastructure plan could have a direct bearing on the city's ongoing efforts to combat contaminated drinking water.

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto (D) yesterday said he hopes to talk to Biden about how the federal "Build Back Better" infrastructure package could help the city protect drinking water and eradicate lead poisoning. The city has already spent $90 million in pursuing its goal of removing all lead service lines by 2026 and is eager to obtain federal grants to meet the target.

"With a little bit of federal assistance, we can expedite the upgrade," Peduto told a local CBS affiliate.

While it hasn't attracted the amount of attention of the Flint, Mich., water crisis, Pittsburgh, like other cities across the nation, has had its own share of water contamination problems and in recent years has ramped up efforts to eradicate lead, a neurotoxin that can cause irreversible harm and is of particular concern for children and pregnant women."

Hannah Northey reports for E&E News March 30, 2021.



"Biden: $2 Trillion Needed To Fix Roads, Fund Electric Cars, Replace All Lead Pipes in US" (Detroit Free Press)

"How Safe Is Our Drinking Water?" (Consumer Reports)

"Brain-Damaging Lead Found In Tap Water From Most Illinois Communities During The Past 6 Years, Tribune Analysis Finds" (Chicago Tribune)

Source: E&E News, 03/31/2021