The City of Ashland has obtained limited funds from the State of Wisconsin DNR in the amount of $300,000 to assist homeowners in replacing lead water service lines (LSL) on private property for projects that result in full LSL replacements.
Available funding will be used to initiate a grant program for the replacement of up to 50 private lead lateral replacements within the City of Ashland. The City will provide grants to cover 100% of the replacement costs. The following grant guidelines have been developed to prioritize funding:
- Properties must not be used for commercial use;
- The water service line must be comprised of lead and replacement of the private lateral must result in full LSL replacement on both the public and private side;
- Funding is available for those residential properties that do not have lead on the public side;
- 100% grant and rebate to homeowner to replace private lead laterals giving priority to individuals most susceptible to lead related effects.
The City’s goal is to assist in eliminating health hazards associated with private lead service lines. For the purposes of the SDWLP program, private lead water service line replacement means, “the replacement of the existing lead water service line between the curb stop and the water meter within the structure”.
The City will be notifying eligible homeowners (as determined by information found in the City’s geographic information system) through a mailing and will provide additional information on the City’s grant application process. The City’s grant application process involves the following: 1) determine whether the property has a lead service; and 2) complete and sign the grant application form and return by April 19, 2017. Applications are available at City Hall or on the City’s website: www.coawi.org.