Columbus Applying For Safe Drinking Water Loan

(Columbus) The City of Columbus is an applicant for funding through the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program to address deficiencies in its public drinking water system. The program primarily includes the replacement of lead service lines through the city. In August, Columbus Water and Light said lead has been found in the drinking water of some homes and that the levels are above Environmental Protection Agency action limits. They said the lead was found in homes built before 1950, which are more likely to have lead pipes. Homes built prior to 1984 could have lead solder. When water is in contact with pipes, service lines, and plumbing containing lead for several hours, lead may ‘leach’ into the drinking water. The Safe Drinking Water Program has determined that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental effects. However, the program is asking for public comments about the potential environmental impacts of this project. The deadline is January 28th.

Provide comments to: Kevin Olson, Community Financial Assistance, Department of Natural Resources, CF/2 101 S Webster St. PO Box 7921, Madison WI 53707 or [email protected]. The comment submission deadline is Jan. 28, 2021.

Based on the comments received, the Safe Drinking Water Loan Program may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with the funding process. The analysis would summarize the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources’ consideration of the project’s impacts and reasonable alternatives.