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Lead Pipe Replacement Aims Hinge on Workforce, Training Capacity

Dec. 16, 2021, 4:55 PM

President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan resulted in billions of dollars dedicated to removing lead from drinking water systems, demanding construction industries hit hard by the tight labor market step up to meet those promises amid doubts they can do so.

The bipartisan infrastructure law (Public Law 117-58), signed by Biden on Nov. 15, promises $15 billion in funding to replace lead pipes over the next decade, and if signed into law, the tax and spending package known as the Build Back Better Act (H.R. 5376) would add an additional $10 billion in funds.

The White House also ...