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The Milwaukee Water Works is replacing lead service lines with copper from the water main to the curb stop to the meter when a lead service line is found to be leaking, damaged or failed. Funding is available for 2017 to replace only these leaking or failed lead service lines when they occur anywhere throughout the City of Milwaukee.
- Read about special assessment financing over 10 years available to all properties with a leaking or damaged lead service line and the city cost-share for properties with 1-4 residential dwellings.
- Find answers to frequently asked questions.
- Here is the City Ordinance requiring the replacement of lead service lines with copper pipe
- How to identify a lead service line
- Search our records to see if a property has a lead service line, and find more information about lead and drinking water here.
Milwaukee is a National Leader in Water Quality
and in the Water Community
The Milwaukee Water Works is a national leader in providing high-quality drinking water, and is recognized in the national water community for its comprehensive water quality monitoring program and operations. The Water Works was organized on April 18, 1871 and began operations September 14, 1874. We are proud to serve as the longest continuously operating water utility in Wisconsin.
The Water Research Foundation (WRF) awarded its 2016 Outstanding Subscriber Award for Applied Research to the Milwaukee Water Works. The award honors member utilities that have successfully applied WRF research to make notable improvements to their water treatment, delivery and management processes. The award, presented in June, "celebrates the persistence and dedication of some of WRF's most influential partners." The Milwaukee Water Works also was featured as the WRF observes its 50th anniversary this year. Milwaukee continues to participate in WRF projects benefitting the drinking water community, as seen in a video here. Read the Milwaukee Water Works and Ozone story.
The Wisconsin Section of the American Water Works Association presented its 2016 Utility Special Achievement Award to the Milwaukee Water Works for its Lead Service Line Program.
Superintendent Carrie M. Lewis serves as chair of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC). Ms. Lewis previously served as a member of the council. The appointment was made by EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. NDWAC supports EPA in performing its duties and responsibilities related to the national drinking water program. The council most recently advised the EPA in considering Long-Term Revisions to the Lead and Copper Rule, addressing sample site selection criteria, lead sampling protocols, public education for copper, measures to ensure optimal corrosion control treatment, and lead service line replacement.
Superintendent Lewis and the MWW water quality team were published nationally in January when the Journal of the American Water Works Association ran their research findings about lead and drinking water sampling, which were reviewed by the City of Milwaukee Health Department, Wisconsin Department of Health Services and Department of Natural Resources and EPA. Access is available to members of the AWWA: "Lead Water Service Lines: Extensive Sampling and Field Protocol Protects Public Health"