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Lead Pipe Replacement Ordinance Would Make It Mandatory

The City of Fond du Lac is looking at creating an ordinance that will mandate the replacement of lead pipes services to homes for City water. Public Works Director Jordan Skiff says newer studies by the EPA have shown that partial lead pipe line replacements actually increase the level of lead in that drinking water for a period of years. He says it’s a concern for him because for years they have replaced the lines in the public part of that service. He says the reason for making it mandatory is because they get the sense that for many City residents this is not a priority for them. He says as public officials they feel they need to mandate it to protect residents’ health even if it is not their personal priority at this time. The new ordinance would require replacement of lead pipe services during City street projects or if a water main breaks.