Tuesday , 27 September 2016

STATE TO PROVIDE $11.8 MILLION FOR LEAD LATERAL REMOVAL

With the water crisis in Flint, Mich., raising worries about the quality of drinking water, Wisconsin officials on Wednesday said they are making $11.8 million available to communities to remove aging lead pipes. The Department of Natural Resources said it will use its Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to provide funding to disadvantaged communities to help homeowners replace lead laterals. The program starts July 1. Milwaukee, which has about 70,000 homes with lead laterals, meets the criteria for a disadvantaged community, according to the DNR. The DNR routinely makes loans to communities to replace water infrastructure. But in this case, the money to homeowners would not have to be repaid, according to Robin Schmidt, environmental loans section chief for the DNR. Instead, the money could pay for all, or a part of, a homeowner’s share of replacing lead pipes. http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/state-to-provide-118-million-for-lead-lateral-removal-state-to-provide-118-million-for-lead-late-b99-377348651.html

 

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