MADISON, Wis. - An 11-year project to replace all the lead pipes in the city of Madison has finally ended, according to city officials.
The Madison Water Utility said it has successfully replaced more than 6,000 customer water lateral pipes from lead to much safer copper pipes.
Utility officials provided reimbursements to homeowners of half the cost of replacing the lines. Owners that refused to replace the pipes could face fines, but the utility said they didn't hand out many to customers.
The utility was ordered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to replace all the lead pipes back in 2000. Virtually all buildings built before 1927 had lead pipes going from the city's main water pipe to homes and businesses, officials said.
Recent testing done after the pipes were removed has confirmed that Madison's water is in full compliance with federal regulations, they said.