The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is preparing to parcel out $14.5 million to help thousands of communities in the state to replace their lead service lines. WisContext staffer Scott Gordon takes a look at the DNR's plan for the replacement of the lead water pipes and the difficulty in finding all of them.
Gordon points out that 10 of the municipalities receiving funds are absent from the EPA data which highlights the struggles tracking the infected service pipes:
The Lead and Copper Rule does require utilities to keep inventories of the materials they're using, but this requirement clearly hasn't translated into comprehensive or easily accessible information. Utilities are supposed to use their materials inventory to find specific homes with water that would be appropriate to monitor for potential lead problems. The EPA itself, however, doesn't collect or track data from individual municipal inventories.