Menasha aldermen have rejected a proposal to require homeowners to replace lead service lines on their property at their own expense, saying it's unacceptable.

The Post-Crescent reports property owners could've paid between $800 and $2,500 to replace the lines, even though the city has received a $300,000 state grant to help reimburse property owners for some of the costs.

Water utility manager Tim Gosz said the utility plans to pursue more grant funding for 2018.

Menasha Utilities officials estimate there are 1,200 to 1,500 lead service lines on private properties.

Lead service lines have been in the spotlight since scientists found Flint, Michigan, residents were exposed to elevated lead levels, which can cause significant health risks.