As Ramsey County prepares to rebuild a mile of Cleveland Avenue from St. Paul to Falcon Heights, St. Paul Regional Water Services has identified 12 property owners with lead water pipes who are eligible for free lead pipe replacements.
The City of St. Paul is working closely with St. Paul Regional Water on a 10-year program to provide homeowners with free lead pipe replacements on private property. A dozen people on Cleveland Avenue could be among the early participants in this program.
“Customers don’t need to hire a private contractor or estimate costs,” Jodi Wallin, a spokeswoman for Regional Water, said in an email. “That’s what we did last year, and the county’s website reflects that. We are working with the county to release the latest information.”
The 12 customers have received letters explaining how the new lead replacement project areas will work and whether they are eligible for free replacements, Wallin said. About half of the 12 affected residents have responded to this letter to date.
In March, St. Paul Regional Water announced that about 600 homeowners in St. Paul will be invited this year to have their lead pipes replaced free of charge in the first phase of an effort to replace lead water pipes in up to 26,000 homes in the metro Bahn Ost in the next 10 years. The replacement service is worth $6,000 or more.