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Proposed ordinance would require lead pipes to be replaced in Eau Claire

Eau Claire (WQOW) -- Eau Claire officials have identified more than 800 potential lead pipes in the city that need to be replaced. Now, the city wants to create an ordinance that would require lead pipes to be fixed when they are discovered.

The city included a map in the ordinance proposal. The areas in green are where the city believes there are lead pipes.

According to Eau Claire Community Services Director Jeff Pippenger, the age of the pipes are anywhere between 85 and 135 years old.

Under the ordinance, once a lead pipe is discovered, both the city and home or business owner would be required to replace it. In those cases, the city would use a DNR grant to reimburse the home or business owner up to $2,000. Pippenger tells News 18 in most cases, that reimbursement would cover the entire cost of the pipe replacement.

The Eau Claire City Council will hear a first reading of the ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday, December 10.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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