Posted: Jan 16, 2020 / 10:44 AM CST / Updated: January 16, 2020 / 9:44 AM CST
(WLAX / WEUX) Eau Claire, Wis – About four years ago, lead was discovered in the municipal water supply in Flint, Michigan, causing several deaths and long-lasting discomfort. For this reason, Eau Claire city officials stated that restricting the use of lead pipes was a top priority for them.
First News at Nine Jonathan Fortier reports on a new city council regulation from Eau Claire that aims to get rid of all lead pipes in the city.
Jeff Pippenger, head of Community Services, says that some of the city’s water pipes are over 100 years old.
“We have approximately 792 main services that remain on the city side of the service,” said Pippenger. “This number is slightly higher on the customer side because we replaced old water pipes with connecting pipes before 2017 and not all property owners replaced them at this time.”
The city council passed a new regulation on Tuesday, which will replace all leading lines in the next 15 years. From these houses in Chippewa and Second Avenue to moving to other parts of the city.
Eau Claire City Councilor Kate Beaton said: “The new regulation will ensure that the public and private parts are replaced at the same time.”
The new regulation also provides for homeowners to be funded to replace their old pipes with federal grants, with the average replacement cost around $ 2,400.
“Our employees will work with individuals to determine their funding needs,” Beaton said, “but as a basic requirement, everyone in the city is entitled to $ 2,000 to replace this lead.”
According to Pippenger, exposing this lining could have serious consequences for the city’s drinking water and your health.
“For an unborn child, this leads to learning difficulties, brain damage and damage to the nervous system,” said Pippenger. “In some cases, kidney damage can even occur, and high values over a long period of time can even lead to death.”
Beaton says people shouldn’t be concerned because the old pipes are still working fine. “People shouldn’t panic when they see that their house contains lead, but they can call the city staff and clarify any questions and concerns they have.”