PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The City of Pittsburgh is getting money from the state to replace lead water lines.READ MORE: Republicans In Pennsylvania And Other States Using Ballot Initiatives To Change Election Laws
A total of $49 million will be used to remove 2,800 public pipes and 2,400 private lines.
Currently, the city does not meet federal or state guidelines for lead contaminated water.READ MORE: Rep. Mike Kelly Facing Scrutiny Over Stocks Purchases By The Congressman And His Wife
It needs to replace about 18,000 lead lines.
“I’m very confident that by next year, lead levels in our water will be significantly lower and we will no longer be under a decree to replace lead lines.”
Of the $49 million, about $35 million is a one percent loan.MORE NEWS: New Trial Begins For 83-Year-Old Ohio Man Who Spent 45 Years In Prison
The rest is a grant that does not have to be paid back.