MPU recently received approval to implement a Lead Service Line Replacement Loan program to assist our customers with the cost of replacing their lead service line. Learn more about this program at www.mpu.org/lead/loan-program.
Did You Know?
In Manitowoc, the entire water service line from the water main in the street to the home has always been owned by the customer. There are approximately 5,500 lead service lines in the City of Manitowoc of the 15,800 total water services in the City. Lead service lines may contribute to higher levels of lead in the drinking water, however, MPU adds a corrosion control chemical to the water to keep lead from being absorbed into the drinking water; this process is currently being optimized. If a lead service line is disturbed, the protective coating is compromised and will not provide protection from the lead pipe. Therefore, City Ordinances require:
* Leaking lead service lines must be fully replaced between the water main and the home; they cannot be repaired.
* If any portion of a lead service line is replaced, such as during a water main replacement, the entire lead service line must be fully replaced between the main and home.
* IF THE PIPE FROM YOUR CURB STOP INTO YOUR HOUSE IS COPPER OR PLASTIC, IT DOES NOT HAVE TO BE REPLACED.
Your water is safe to drink! MPU encourages homes with a lead service line to flush their cold water for 3-5 minutes before using it to decrease exposure of lead – this is important when you have young children/infants at home. Also remove and clean the faucet aerator on a monthly basis. The MPU website contains good information related to lead service lines; please visit www.mpu.org/lead for more information.