Contact: Rep. Paul Tittl
July 18, 2018
Madison: Today Manitowoc was named one of 42 Wisconsin communities receiving funds for the replacement of lead service lines in homes, schools and daycare facilities. Over $26 million was awarded over two years through a Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources funding program.
“Clean, safe drinking water is a fundamental necessity,” said Rep. Tittl (R-Manitowoc). “As the city works to replace its lead service lines, I am grateful to the State for making this funding available.”
Manitowoc has been awarded $650,000 through the program, $350,000 for 2017 and $300,000 for 2018. There is an estimated number of 215 lead service lines in Manitowoc.
The program shifts some of the economic burden of replacing lead service lines away from property owners, with municipalities using the funding to help offset costs. Because the funds are distributed through principal forgiveness, a federal funding program designed to assist municipalities, the city will not incur debt for these funds.
For a full list of eligible municipalities visit: https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/WIGOV/2018/07/17/file_attachments/1040591/Wisconsin_Private_LSL_Replacement_Program_Summary.pdf