WAUSAU — The city of Wausau has applied for funding through the state’s Safe Drinking Water Loan Program, or SDWLP, to address deficiencies in the municipal drinking water system.

The project entails the replacement of lead service lines and water main relay throughout the city of Wausau. Such programs combine federal grants and state funding to provide financial assistance to municipalities in the form of subsidized loans. Some municipalities may also be eligible for funding in the form of principal forgiveness, according to the Wisconsin Dept. of Natural Resources.

According to federal requirements, an environmental review must be conducted prior to funding this project. The SDWLP has determined that the project will not result in significant adverse environmental effects and no further environmental review or analysis is needed before proceeding with funding the project, according to a DNR release.

The SDWLP is soliciting public comments regarding this decision and potential environmental impacts of the proposed project.Written or verbal comments are encouraged and can be directed to Kevin T. Olson, Community Financial Assistance, Department of Natural Resources, CF/2 101 S Webster St., PO Box 7921, Madison, WI 53707. Olson can also be reached at 608-266-9955.

Comments must be received by June 27.

Based on the comments received, the SDWLP may prepare an environmental analysis before proceeding with the funding process, the release states.