For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — Marshfield Utilities is presenting an opportunity for customers who have lead water service lines to have them replaced at little or no personal cost through a state-funded program.
Marshfield Utilities applied for and was awarded a $300,000 grant through the Environmental Loans Section of the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. This money can be used only for lead service line replacement on private property that will result in full lead service line replacement on both the utility-owned and customer-owned sides of the water service.
The DNR is allowing three years from the date that the Financial Assistance Agreement is executed for the funds to be expended by the municipality. With the plan that Marshfield Utilities has derived, customers will apply to participate in the program and then will work directly with a contractor selected from a list of pre-qualified plumbers for their water service replacement. The DNR will reimburse the customer or the plumber directly following the work completion. These reimbursement dollars will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis, so it is important for customers to respond promptly when notified.
Customers who have been identified as having lead water service lines will receive a letter from Marshfield Utilities explaining this opportunity.
“Our hope is that we eliminate as many lead service lines as possible — if not all of them,” stated John Richmond, water manager for Marshfield Utilities. “This is truly a win-win opportunity for customers to be able to take proactive measures, make a healthy choice, and at little to no cost.”
Customers with questions or concerns in regard to the lead service line replacement program should contact John Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-898-2170.