St. Paul Regional Water Services has identified 12 property owners with lead water pipes who are eligible for free lead service replacements as Ramsey County prepares to repair a mile of Cleveland Avenue from St. Paul to Falcon Heights.
The city of St. Paul and St. Paul Regional Water are collaborating on a 10-year program to repair lead pipes on private property at no cost to the homeowner. A dozen Cleveland Avenue residents might be among the first to enroll in the program.
In an email, Regional Water spokesman Jodi Wallin stated, “Customers are not obligated to employ a private contractor or estimate the cost.” “We did it that way last year, and the county’s website reflects that.” We’re working with the county to obtain the most up-to-date information on the website.”
According to Wallin, the 12 customers received letters detailing how the new lead replacement project regions function and their eligibility for a free replacement. To yet, about half of the 12 residents impacted have responded to the letter.
St. Paul Regional Water said in March that 600 St. Paul residents will be asked to have their lead pipes replaced for free this year, as part of a 10-year plan to replace lead water pipes in as many as 26,000 properties in the east metro. The replacement service is worth at least $6,000.