If finalized, the rule would require more thorough abatement and cleaning at lead-tainted homes and child care facilities.
The funding comes through HUD’s $140 million award through its lead hazard reduction program.
Johnson said it was "unacceptable" for so many communities in the Great Lakes region to live with lead lines.
Federal funding will allow Revitalize Milwaukee to perform lead abatement for "hundreds" of low-income Milwaukee homes.
The village of Menomonee Falls is one of many Wisconsin municipalities that are replacing their lead water lines to reduce the risks of lead poisoning from drinking water. Milwaukee, for instance, has about 70,000 lead laterals that are up for replacement. Doing that work is expected to cost as much as $800 million.
Vice President Kamala Harris plans to tout the removal and replacement of lead pipes during a stop Monday in Wisconsin, where she will highlight efforts to update aging infrastructure throughout the country.
Wisconsin stands to receive more than $1 billion in additional highway money in the next five years from the federal infrastructure bill that passed Congress last week, according to an analysis by the state's Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
The city of Racine had just under 11,000 lead pipe service lines delivering water to its nearly 80,000 residents in July, when the city announced it had received a $1.6 million grant through the state's Safe Drinking Water Loans program.
Sitting in his North Side Milwaukee rental house, Nazir Al-Mujaahid discussed his son Shu’aib’s challenges while the quiet 9-year-old lingered in another room. Shu’aib excels at sports, Al-Mujaahid said, but his speaking skills developed late, and he lags behind his 6-year-old brother in reading.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday proposed spending $200 million in federal pandemic relief funding to replace lead pipes throughout Michigan, where underground infrastructure was exposed by Flint's disaster.
All day care centers, child care providers and children's camps would have to test their water for lead under a bill the state Senate is scheduled to take up Tuesday.
Milwaukee is receiving $5.9 million from the federal government to help remove lead from homes.
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