Lead is a naturally occurring metal found in the earth’s crust and has been used for thousands of years. While it has some beneficial uses, it can be toxic to humans and animals. When water travels to homes and businesses through underground public water mains, it is not in contact with lead. Lead can enter treated drinking water when plumbing materials that contact lead corrode or those plumbing materials are disturbed. The most common sources of lead in drinking water are lead service lines/pipes, faucets, and fixtures, with the most significant source of lead typically being lead water service lines. Lead levels, if any, are completely unique to each property due to the plumbing materials. Please check with your certified plumber to identify any sources of lead in your plumbing.

The State of Illinois is requiring the replacement of all lead service lines per the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act (415ILCS5/17.12). Per the Illinois statute, the Village is required to create a multi-year approach for replacing all the privately-owned lead service lines in the Village. When water meters were upgraded between 2019 and 2021, the Village identified probable water service line materials entering each building. The Village used this information along with previous records to develop a water service inventory and sent letters to properties with service lines that are suspected or known to contain lead. Without digging up every water service line, the Village cannot guarantee additional lead service lines do not exist. The Village will continue to update its inventory annually as any new information is available. If you did not receive a letter, the Village does not suspect any portion of your service line to contain lead. If you did not receive a letter and believe you have a lead service line, contact Village Engineer Jeff Hansen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

DRAFT Lead Service Line Replacement Plan (As of April 2024)

Service Line Inventory (As of April 2024)

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