The city took a big step in replacing its lead pipe service lines last week when it was announced $3.36 million in federal money was secured to assist in the removal of them.

The money is part of an estimated $138 million Massachusetts is receiving in Congressionally Directed Spending in the Fiscal Year 2022 spending bill. The funding was requested by Assistant Speaker Congresswoman Katherine Clark.

"I am thrilled to announce that I have secured federal funding for ten Community Projects throughout the Fifth District in this year's budget package," Clark said. "These investments are a direct response to the needs of our local community."

Malden as a community has the highest percentage of lead service lines in the greater Boston area. As of last year, more than 2,000 remained.

Much of the money will go to removing the most risky lead pipes and repairing streets after the pipe work. Other money will go to replacing pipes on streets being repaved.

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