Sunday , 11 December 2016

OFFICIALS: REPLACING LEAD PIPE WORTH THE COST, WHATEVER IT IS

Top Milwaukee and state officials agreed Wednesday that Wisconsin must move as quickly as possible to replace all of the estimated 176,000 lead pipes providing drinking water to homes and businesses in the state, with Department of Natural Resources Secretary Cathy Stepp declaring, “If it costs a lot of money to do that, then it costs a lot of money to do that.” The DNR estimates it could cost between $3,000 and $5,000 for just the homeowner’s portion to replace each lead service line; no statewide estimate was available Wednesday for how much water utilities could spend. The Milwaukee Water Works has estimated that replacing that city’s 70,000 lead service lines would cost between $511 million and $756 million. Madison already replaced all 8,000 of its lead pipes over 11 years, at a cost of $15.5 million. http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/officials-replacing-lead-pipe-worth-the-cost-whatever-it-is/article_cebed78d-a6e5-5ebb-b0d6-0fab26ca90ca.html

 

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