The City of Fond du Lac is taking steps to minimize lead levels in your drinking water. We have determined, along with the EPA and State of Wisconsin, that it is necessary to replace the lead service lines that distribute water in the community.
Lead service lines were typically installed before 1950, and installed before it was known that lead in drinking water posed a health hazard. Lead pipes are dull gray in color and are soft enough to be easily scratched with a house key. Also, a magnet will not stick to a lead pipe. A licensed plumber can determine if your service line and/or plumbing are made of lead and can replace them for you at your cost.
While lead is not found in Fond du Lac’s well water, lead may enter drinking water if it dissolves from lead gaskets commonly used in cast iron water mains installed before 1950, water service lines, internal plumbing, or fixtures containing lead, especially when water stands unused for several hours.
The City has listed below DNR and Frequently Asked Questions brochures with additional information and steps you can take to further reduce your risk to lead exposure. Residents are encouraged to contact the Water Business Office at (920)-322-3680 with additional questions and concerns.