Green Bay needs help identifying unknown water line material

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Hundreds of Green Bay homes will receive a postcard this week alerting them of unknown material in their private water service line.

The Green Bay Water Utility says there is a small possibility that it could be made of lead. The utility has identified 2,182 homes with lines installed before 1945. That’s the year Green Bay stopped installing lead water service lines.

A new city ordinance requires the replacement of all remaining lead water service lines.

The postcards will include directions for identifying the material of the water pipe and instructions for reporting the findings to the water utility.

“It is important that these homeowners identify the material of their Private Water Service Lines and report the findings back to us as soon as possible, even if the material is not lead,” said Nancy Quirk, general manager of Green Bay Water Utility. “If homeowners discover their Private Water Service Lines are lead, they may be eligible to have them replaced at no cost. We have funding available now to cover 100% of the replacement fee, but we do not know how much longer the funds will be available.”

The Green Bay Water Utility says the impacted homeowners should report findings by Dec. 15, 2016.

Resources:

Video guide to identifying private water service line material

Report findings online