Janesville’s City Manager is defending a City Council decision this week to requiring property owners to remove privately owned lead water lines.
Mark Freitag says the individual property owners aren’t the only people being exposed to that lead.
Freitag says the lead lines are a hazard for everyone because when City workers depressurize the water lines to do repairs, water from individual homes flows back into the system.
Freitag says the City has cost assistance and grants available to help residents pay for the cost of replacement which typically runs around $5000 or less.
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