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March 29, 2023

AN EVENT: Financing The Fight On Lead In Drinking Water

AN EVENT: Financing The Fight On Lead In Drinking Water



Replacing the nation’s estimated 10 million lead service lines is a financial challenge, even with funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. It’s critical to continue the focus on tackling this public health and environmental justice issue.

At Financing the Fight On Lead In Drinking Water, a group of experts from government, the financial sector, and advocacy will discuss funding issues and how to advance the work. Remarks on federal actions will be delivered by U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko (NY) and Candace Vahlsing, Associate Director for Climate, Energy, Environment, and Science at the Office of Management and Budget.

The event will be held on Tuesday, May 16 from 1-4 p.m. Eastern at the Reservoir Center in Washington D.C. as part of Infrastructure Week 2023.

Please RSVP here by May 9.  Space is limited.

The options and opportunities for financing lead service line replacement will be talked about throughout the event, which will feature a number of speakers, a panel discussion with audience Q&A, and networking. 


  • Anita Thompkins, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 
  • Nathan Anderson, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Tom Neltner, Environmental Defense Fund
  • Carolyn Berndt, National League of Cities
  • Cynthia Koehler, WaterNow Alliance
  • Maureen Cunningham, Environmental Policy Innovation Center


  • 1:00-1:30 p.m. - Welcome and keynote speakers U.S. Representative Paul D. Tonko (NY) and Candace Vahlsing of OMB
  • 1:30-2:00 p.m. - Speakers 
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. - Panel discussion with speakers and audience Q & A
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. - Meet the speakers and networking

Please RSVP here by May 9.  Space is limited.

The Companion Podcast Series

The event is being held in conjunction with a six-part podcast series on waterloop that is exploring financing lead service line replacement, technical assistance for under-resourced communities, and examples of successful approaches. The published episodes to date are:

The Menu of Options: The ways to fund lead service line replacement and some of the key financial aspects are discussed.

Role of State & Local Policy: The central role of state and local policies in financing of lead service line replacement is explored. 

How Denver Did It: When Denver Water decided to replace 64,000 to 84,000 lead service lines over 15 years, the question arose of how to pay for the work.

Event Hosts

Environmental Policy Innovation Center(EPIC) builds policies that deliver spectacular improvement in the speed and scale of environmental progress. A nonprofit, EPIC focuses on water, endangered species, and environmental markets.

waterloop is a nonprofit media outlet helping water leaders to discover solutions and drive change for a sustainable and equitable future. 

WaterNow Alliance is a national network for local water leaders accelerating equitable, climate-resilient, and environmentally sustainable water management strategies. WaterNow empowers water leaders with the tools, resources, and technical assistance they need to advance innovative drinking water, stormwater, and wastewater solutions in their communities.