Oshkosh residents can apply for reimbursement to replace lead water lines

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OSHKOSH (WLUK) -- Oshkosh property owners may apply for a reimbursement program after the city made it mandatory to replace lead water service lines.

Oshkosh says the mandatory was made to reduce the potential exposure from lead drinking water.

The city applied for and received a $500,000 principal forgiveness loan from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program.

Through the program, property owners can receive reimbursement of 50 percent of the cost of replacement up to a maximum of $1,500. Additional reimbursement is available to property owners who meet certain income requirements.

Those who want to apply for the reimbursement program must first verity their water service is lead by contacting Water Distribution to schedule an inspection or hiring a plumber.

They must then complete and submit the Request for Private-Side Lead Service Line Replacement form to the city.

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