U.S. Senator Jack Reed will join Governor Dan McKee, Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, North Providence Mayor Charles Lombardi, and other state and local leaders tomorrow outside a multi-family house, 7 Ferncliff Avenue, North Providence to highlight ongoing efforts to remove and replace all lead pipes in Rhode Island’s water supply.
Senator Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, helped deliver historic levels of federal funding for lead service line replacement through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (P.L. 117-58). He also delivered significant federal funding for communities through the American Rescue Plan (P.L. 11-7-2), and annual appropriations process.
Senator Reed helped include more than $50 billion in water infrastructure investments in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, with $15 billion set aside at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) specifically for states to remove lead service lines. As a result, $141 million in federal funding will flow to Rhode Island for lead pipe replacement over five years. This is in addition to $13 million in appropriations Reed secured since 2020 to help offset the cost of lead service line replacement in Providence, Woonsocket, and other communities. Additionally, Senator Reed led the successful effort to include $1.1 billion for Rhode Island from the American Rescue Plan’s State Fiscal Recovery Fund.