A program underway in Lake Mills to assist residents reduce exposure to lead has resulted in more than 40 lead water service line replacements so far, and it is anticipated approximately 70 more will be replaced in the next couple of years.
The Lead Service Line replacement program (LSL), funded through a special grant program offered by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR), is being used to offset the cost to homeowners to replace lead water service lines with other service line material.
The requests for reimbursement under the program have come in steadily, and the bulk of the grant money is already earmarked. “As expected, many people took advantage of this opportunity,” said Paul Hermanson, Director of Public Works. “We received the grant in June and as of November the funds are committed.”
Some of the funds will not actually be spent for a couple of years because the LSL replacements are being coordinated with major street construction projects in 2018 and 2019, according to Hermanson.