Getting the lead out: Eau Claire ups reimbursement, outreach so more homeowners tap funds to replace water pipes
The dutiful homeowner she is, Rose Judkins keeps a little money on hand for unexpected repairs to her Eddy Street house.
But this year’s upgrade to her early 20th century home — replacing old lead-lined water pipes that ran under her lawn with copper ones — was followed by a check that refunded her for most of the cost.
“We didn’t want lead pipes in here because it can make you sick,” Judkins said.
After paying about $2,400 for the work herself, she got a $2,000 check a few weeks later from the city, which received funds from the state Department of Natural Resources to reduce the amount of lead pipes in its water system.
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