Rhode Island has received $3.3 million to replace thousands of lead pipes in the state, as part of a plan to remove all existing pipes. While lead service lines are not inherently dangerous, corrosion can cause lead to enter the water. The US Environmental Protection Agency banned the use of such lines for new constructions in 1986, and Rhode Island leaders estimate that 30,000 lead service lines are still in use statewide. The $3.3 million, secured by Sens. Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, is earmarked for the replacement of lines serviced by Providence Water. The state expects to receive $141 million to replace the remaining lead pipes over the next five years. Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio is promoting the Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, which requires the replacement of all lead service lines statewide within a decade.

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