CITY OF ASHLAND TO INITIATE LEAD WATER SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT PROGRAM
Ashland, WI-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 70 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 of Ashland is seeking qualifications from licensed plumbers/utility contractors who are interested in performing private lead water service line replacement work. Plumbers/utility contractors must first prequalify with the City before being eligible to take part in the Grant Program, and can do this by completing a Pre-qualification Form at City Hall, 601 Main Street West or by visiting the City’s website at www.coawi.org . The Form is due no later than February 15, 2017. For questions regarding this RFQ, contact: City Administrator Mary Garness, City Hall, 601 Main Street West, Phone: 715-682-7071.
After completion of the prequalified plumbers/utility contractors list, the City will be mailing applications to those homeowners that: 1) are known by the City to contain lead on the private side of their water service (based on best possible information); and 2) do not have lead on the public side of the water service. It is expected that applications will be mailed at the end of February and will also be made available to the public.