My question involves personal property located in the State of: WI
I got a letter from the city saying that every 10 years, the water meter in my basement needs to be changed/updated. There is no cost to the property owner. So I scheduled a time for them to come to my house today and they came and replaced the meter, but fractured the main pipe that leads from my basement out to the street. I asked the guy if the city would be paying for the repair ($2,600 estimated), but he said that since it's on private property, it would be my responsibility. The water is now shut off and I have someone scheduled to come out tomorrow morning. Not sure if he's going to just assess it or do the repair.
The good news (supposedly) is that there's currently a grant from the city for people to get reimbursed for replacing LEAD lines up to $2,000. The guy from the city gave me papers about this. However, I'm not seeing how I benefit since my pipes are galvanized. That's something else I'll have to get cleared up.
But legally, who is responsible for this? Is it me because I own the property, or is it the city because it was their mandate and actions that caused the pipe to break and for me to now be without water service until the pipe is replaced?