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GREEN BAY (WLUK) – The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin unanimously approved a Lead Service Line Replacement Program for Green Bay Water Utility.
This program is made possible through 2017 Leading on Lead Act.
The Leading on Lead Act provides an innovative funding mechanism to address the problem of lead-laden water. The act allows governments to pass an ordinance to use ratepayer dollars for a low or no-interest loan or an up to 50 percent grant for private property owners to replace their lead service lines.
As public health continues to be on the minds of Wisconsinites, a positive step was made today to address the issue of lead poisoning in Green Bay residents. The plan approved by the PSC isn’t Green Bay’s first effort to address lead-laden water, but today’s action lays a path to finish ridding their water infrastructure of lead service lines. This plan doesn’t just help residents with lead laterals, but the entire community will benefit as public health improves, creating long-term economic savings, and Utility costs decrease as anti-corrosive materials become less necessary and newer infrastructure reduces the risk of leaks or failures.
Green Bay joins Kenosha, Manitowoc, and Menasha as communities with approved Lead Service Line Replacement Program plans.
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