Lead in drinking water: By the numbers
- 176,000 estimated number of lead service lines in Wisconsin
- $511 million-$756 million estimated cost to replace all 70,000 lead service lines in Milwaukee
- $14.5 million total amount of grants issued by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2016 to 38 communities to replace lead service lines
- 200,000 number of Wisconsin children tested diagnosed with lead poisoning between 1996 and 2014; most cases are attributed to lead paint
- 3,922 number of Wisconsin children tested diagnosed with lead poisoning in 2014
- 4.5 percentage of Wisconsin children tested diagnosed as lead poisoned in 2014
- 8.6 percentage of Milwaukee children tested diagnosed as lead poisoned in 2014
- 4.9 percentage of children tested in Flint, Michigan diagnosed as lead poisoned in 2015
Sources: 2014 Report on Childhood Lead Poisoning in Wisconsin; Miguel Del Toral, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Milwaukee Water Works; Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources; “Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children Associated With the Flint Drinking Water Crisis,” 2015.
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