The Town of Stoughton now has a fully lead-free residential drinking water system.
Stoughton Utilities workers replaced the last lead water line in the town of Stoughton on Thursday, October 21, completing a project that began in April. The company commemorated the occasion with a ceremony at the property at 1124 E. Academy Street, attended by representatives from the project contractor, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), engineering consultants and the city from Stoughton.
It marks the end of months-long efforts to locate and remove all of the city’s lead water pipes. Throughout this year, workers replaced 698 water pipes, according to a press release from the company.
The project was also completed ahead of schedule, exceeding the stated target of 100% completion by December 31, Stoughton Utilities director Jill Weiss said in the press release.
âCompleting a project of this magnitude in such a short period of time is a huge undertaking, but it’s important to make sure everyone in Stoughton has safe drinking water,â she said. âLead service line replacements typically cost homeowners thousands of dollars. “
The project began in response to Stoughton Utilities’ annual testing of the city’s drinking water in 2019, when six of the 30 drinking water sites tested returned samples with elevated lead concentrations. From April, the utility began working closely with its construction contractor, Five Star Energy Services, to plan and replace all of the city’s 698 lead service lines.
The utility also worked with the WDNR to secure a $ 3.5 million grant to replace all private lead service lines this year at no cost to individual owners. The utility will spend an additional $ 2.6 million to fund the cost of replacing the public portion of all lead service lines, according to the press release.