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BUILDING BLOCKS: Lead water-line replacements

(Photo courtesy of raSmith)

LOCATION: Menomonee Falls

COST: $750,000

SIZE: Roughly 20 public lines and 200 private lines (running from curb valves to houses’ water meters)

START DATE: April 27


OWNER: Village of Menomonee Falls

GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Mid-City Construction, Milwaukee

ENGINEER: raSmith, Brookfield


PROJECT’S SIGNIFICANCE: The village of Menomonee Falls is one of many Wisconsin municipalities that are replacing their lead water lines to reduce the risks of lead poisoning from drinking water. Milwaukee, for instance, has about 70,000 lead laterals that are up for replacement. Doing that work is expected to cost as much as $800 million.

Under the recently passed federal infrastructure bill, Wisconsin stands to receive $48 million for lead-pipe replacements for the 2022 fiscal year and a now-undetermined amount of additional money in each of the next four years. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and Department of Administration will be in charge of managing how the money is spent.

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