According to a new national survey of lead water service lines from the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), between 9.7 million and 12.8 million lead pipes are connected to residences. The federal government is focused on this issue and President Biden has called for funding to replace every lead pipe in the country. Cities have adopted varied approaches to dealing with this challenging situation, both through federal programs and public-private partnerships. This session covered the breadth of this issue while presenting solutions and lessons learned that cities can use.


  • Quineesa Smith, Membership Engagement Manager, NLC Service Line Warranty Program

Panelists included: 

  • Brandon Scott, Mayor, Baltimore, Maryland
  • Bill Eller, Vice President, Business Development, HomeServe
  • Carolyn Berndt, NLC Federal Advocacy Legislative Director for Sustainability

Original event date: 10/21/2021

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