Answers to frequently asked questions about the Lead Free SPRWS program.
Last updated: April 7, 2022
How many SPRWS customers have lead?
SPRWS has approximately 96,000 accounts. Of those accounts (properties), about 28% or 26,000 properties have a lead service line.
When will my lead service line be replaced?
The SPRWS service area will be divided into project zones, each with a similar number of lead service lines. We are actively working to plan out the next ten years which includes obtaining funding and then selecting an appropriate number of project areas to complete each year based on available funding. Project areas will be prioritized based on several factors yet to be determined. We will share this information on our website as soon as it is available, and customers will be contacted directly when we are coming to their area.
What is happening in 2022 with lead?
SPRWS will be offering to replace lead service lines in a few select pilot areas in 2022. The areas eligible for this pilot program are in pre-planned construction areas prior to the request and development of the 10 year plan. Customers in these areas will be contacted directly and will have the opportunity to receive a lead service line replacement at no cost to them. To find out if your property is part of a 2022 project, please check out the SPRWS water construction projects map.
How will this work be conducted?
This program is being designed with the intention of having about half of the work performed by SPRWS crews and half under city contracts. Initial estimates for project needs show the potential of about 20 new full-time employees (program administration and actual lead replacement work) to join team SPRWS. We are actively working with Ramsey County to explore job program opportunities to incorporate into this plan. More information and job postings will be shared when they are available
What if I don't want to wait? Am I able to replace my lead service line now?
Yes, customers can replace the portion of the lead service line that they own at any point. However, at this time, SPRWS funding and crews will only be available for projects within the determined project areas. Customers may work with outside contractors to complete their private side work at their own expense. SPRWS does not currently have funding available to help offset the cost of these private side replacements outside of project areas but we are exploring options for providing partial funding assistance that may be available in the future. We understand that customers want their lead removed but in order to most effectively use the funds available for this work, we need to complete the work in coordinated projects. If a customer decides to replace the private side of a lead service line and the public side is also lead, SPRWS will ensure the public lead is also replaced at no cost to the customer.
I had my lead service line replaced in the past. Am I eligible for reimbursement now?
Unfortunately, funding is only available for upcoming project areas and we are not able to retroactively reimburse property owners for previous work. The grant funding is only available for work that is completed after March 2022.