Stoughton Utilities 2021 Systemwide Lead Replacement Program
Stoughton Utilities has worked with the Stoughton Utilities Committee and the Stoughton City Council to enact a new ordinance that declares lead service lines as a public nuisance and mandates the replacement of all public and privately-owned lead service lines.
We are working closely with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in an effort to obtain grant funding to replace all lead service lines in 2021. Stoughton Utilities has applied for grant funding and are awaiting the announcement of funding recipients. We are optimistic that Stoughton will be included in the grant award, allowing us to replace all private lead service lines in the city at no cost to individual homeowners.
What is Stoughton Utilities Doing Today
In preparation for our 2021 Systemwide Lead Replacement Program, Stoughton Utilities administrative staff is working with our engineering consultants to prepare a public bid to select a contractor to complete the project. We anticipate that the contractor will be chosen in March, with construction efforts to begin shortly after. Our goal is to replace 100% of lead service lines in the city prior to December 31, 2021.
Water technicians are currently going door-to-door in older neighborhoods with homes constructed prior to 1960 to gather an accurate inventory of homes currently served by lead service lines. Service line verification requires our technician to access the property's basement where the service line enters the home where they will perform a visual inspection to determine the service line material.
Verifications are conducted daily between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and typically take under 10 minutes. Technicians will place a door hanger on your front door at least one day prior to our first attempted visit. Verification will typically take 10 minutes or less. Following the verification, the technician will inform you of the water service line material. If the technician finds a lead service line, they will provide the homeowner with information about our next steps, and the paperwork that will allow us to proceed with replacement as part of our citywide program.
All utility staff will carry a SU photo identification card and travel in vehicles marked with the SU logo.
Stoughton Utilities views the elimination of lead from the public water supply as a community priority, and our efforts to do so persist during the COVID-19 pandemic, with added precautions taken for your safety and the safety of our employees. We take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously, and our technicians will wear a face covering when entering your home and observe social distancing guidelines. While our technicians are completing verifications inside of your home, we ask that you please follow all CDC recommendations to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including wearing a face covering and maintaining social distancing.
What's Next in 2021?
Homeowners that have private lead service lines will be notified during our door-to-door verification process. They will be contacted by the construction contractor in the upcoming months to schedule the replacement, which will require modifications to the plubming inside the property's basement.
All residents of the city may be impacted by the project as roads are temporarily narrowed or closed during the work day while the new service lines are connected to the water main under the street. We do not predict any overnight road closures or long-term detours. Roads will be kept open whenever traffic can travel safely without being impacted by street excavation and without creating unsafe conditions for work crews.
This page will be regularly updated with project updates and information about our progress towards completion. We look forward to having a 100% lead-free drinking water system by the end of 2021!