A new state grant aims to help Albany, Schenectady and Troy to replace thousands of lead service lines.

The Tri-Cities are all set to get more than $500,000 to replace residential drinking water lines made of lead.

It's part of New York's Clean Water Infrastructure Act of 2017 and a total of $20 million will be given statewide.

This is helpful, as it costs anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000 to remove and replace these service lines.

Albany's water commissioner says this will help them hopefully establish a program to replace the entire lead pipe.

"It's a good drop in the bucket we’re very grateful to get any kind of support like this, it helps us incentivize a lead service replacement program,” said Albany Water Commissioner Joe Coffey

Coffey says they don't know where all of the lead pipes are in Albany, but they have ways of telling where they think it may be.

He adds they use corrosion control to make sure drinking water is not contaminated.