The state of Wisconsin will provide the city of Milwaukee with $4 million to help pay for the removal of lead pipes, Gov. Scott Walker announced today.
The funds come in addition to $2.6 million that the state provided the city last year for lead pipe removal. The DNR conceived the funding program in 2016 following a decision by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to allow the state greater flexibility in allocating loan funds for water infrastructure projects. Under the program, municipalities determine how to distribute the funds.
“We are helping the City of Milwaukee provide clean water to kids and families,” said Walker. “It is critical that we continue to remove lead pipes throughout our state to ensure our communities are healthy.”
More than $26 million has been awarded by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) statewide in a two-year effort to replace lead service lines at homes, schools, and daycare facilities in 42 Wisconsin municipalities, Walker’s office said..