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Lead Pipe Right to Know Act signed into law: What does it mean?

Governor Kathy Hochul has signed the Lead Pipe Right to Know Act, a critical piece of legislation aimed at safeguarding public health by increasing transparency around lead pipes in New York’s water systems. This law, known formally as S.5112/A.6115, mandates public water systems to inventory their service lines and publicly disclose the number and locations of lead pipes. The initiative is part of a broader effort to address the significant health risks posed by lead in drinking water.

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Under the new law, water utilities across New York are required to provide detailed information about the presence of lead service lines in their distribution networks. This transparency will enable both the public and policymakers to grasp the extent of lead contamination issues in the state’s water supply. The legislation is geared towards securing state and federal resources to assist local efforts in eliminating lead pipes, thereby protecting New York’s drinking water.

The Lead Pipe Right to Know Act is recognized as a significant step in combating environmental injustice and promoting public health, especially among vulnerable populations. State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Assemblymember Amy Paulin, who championed the bill, emphasized its importance in ensuring access to clean water and protecting children, particularly in low-income and marginalized communities. Governor Hochul’s endorsement of this legislation underscores New York’s commitment to leading in progressive environmental and public health initiatives.