The Village of Menomonee Falls is replacing existing lead water service lines (LSL) in an effort to reduce the potential health hazards associated with LSL. raSmith is providing design and construction services for this project, which consists of approximately 200 private (from the curb valve to the water meter within the house) lines and 20 public lines that were identified by the Village for replacement.
The replacement of the private LSL are partially funded through the Wisconsin DNR Lead Service Line Replacement Program. Any municipality that has reported private lead or galvanized services lines to the Public Service Commission (PSC) is eligible to apply. Funding for line replacements on private property is awarded as principal forgiveness under the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program (SDWLP) with the public portion of the service line eligible for regular SDWLP funding.
The DNR has indicated that there will be at least one more round of funding, and they are hopeful that there will be more beyond that. There is a June 30, 2021, deadline for 2021 LSL Replacement Program applications for use in the 2021 construction season only. All projects will be scored and ranked; however, there is sufficient funding and all water utility applicants can expect to receive the requested funding. Applications for the 2022 LSL Replacement Program are due November 15, 2021. There will be a scoring and ranking process for that particular round of funding.
Additional funding for LSL replacement projects may be authorized through the federal infrastructure bill that is being discussed by Congress; the Wisconsin DNR is waiting to hear the outcome. Finally, another source of funding that is available is the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), which provides discretionary funds to state and local government for water infrastructure needs, including LSL replacement projects.