Milwaukee’s Agenda To Replace Lead Pipes: Work Together

May 18

Milwaukee’s Agenda To Replace Lead Pipes: Work Together

The cost of replacing a lead service line can vary depending on its length, how deep it is buried, and factors like the price of copper, but replacing just the homeowner’s side can average about $3,000. Milwaukee has an estimated 70,000 lead service lines. While the city has about 40 percent of the state’s lead service lines, under the program, a...

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Madison and Milwaukee, Pipes and Sewer Metamorphosis

Apr 12

Madison and Milwaukee, Pipes and Sewer Metamorphosis

Before the mid-20th century, the pipes used to connect homes to water mains were almost always made of lead. Madison ended that practice in 1928. Today, those old water pipes remain in use in just about every major city, except Madison.  Madison has been somewhat of a pioneer in the plight against lead pipes. Well over a decade ago, Madison began a new approach to...

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Best Practices for Lead Pipes and Homes in the Midwest

Mar 10

Best Practices for Lead Pipes and Homes in the Midwest

Lead pipes are a matter of contention, especially in older cities of the Midwest. While many cities have implemented programs to replace lead pipes in their own water systems, there is still reason for concern. The replacements in many cases don’t include the line from the home to the street. Traditionally, replacing those pipes has been the responsibility of the...

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