Get the Lead Out Funding Will Create Good-Paying UA Jobs Protecting Water Supply Across America

Tuesday, April 4, 2023

After the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $6.5 billion to replace lead service lines across the country, United Association of Union Plumbers and Pipefitters (UA) General President Mark McManus praised the funding as a critical investment to create good-paying union jobs while protecting access to clean and safe water for millions of Americans:

“For generations, the plumber has protected the health of the nation and ensured access to clean and safe water. United Association members are already hard at work replacing lead service lines across the country, but too many communities are still exposed to lead in their water supply. There is still more work to do,” said Mark McManus, General President of the United Association. “The critical nature of this work demands the best trained and most highly skilled craftspeople in the industry: the men and women of the United Association. I was proud to participate in a roundtable discussion with Vice President Harris and EPA Administrator Regan to discuss the United Association’s leadership on this issue – especially our response after the Flint water crisis – and our path forward to ensure all American families have access to clean water. With this funding, we will help identify the communities in most need so that we can continue our essential work and ensure no American community relies on lead service lines anymore.”