Sturgeon Bay is already well ahead of other Wisconsin communities in removing and replacing lead water lines. Department of Natural Resources grants are now allowing communities to start the process, which can take several years to complete. Sturgeon Bay Utilities targeted lead water lines nearly 30-years ago. General Manager Cliff White says it was a gradual process but Sturgeon Bay is now lead-free.
White says SBU also encourages property owners to replace old galvanized metal and brass pipes when interior plumbing work is needed.