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Lead service lines are generally a dull gray color and are very soft. The service line typically enters your residence near your water meter. Lead service lines can be easily identified by carefully scratching them with a key or coin. If the pipe is made of lead, the area you’ve scratched will turn a bright silver color.
A certified plumber can tell you for sure if you have a lead service line, check for lead solders in your internal pipes and look for fixtures containing lead. You may also check the service line material inventory listing published by the Water & Electric Department. In accordance with 415 ILCS 5/17.12, the utility is required to publish an inventory of water service materials on the distribution system which is updated on a yearly basis. Address-level information on water services may be found here.
Private property water services are owned by the customer. The Village will make repairs to a leaking water service in the public right-of-way. However, replacement of the lead water service is the responsibility of the customer.
If work is performed on your individual lead water service, it could increase the amount of lead in your water service. During repair activities or partial replacement of the lead service line, the corrosion control coating is potentially disrupted at the site of the repair and/or some lead may be released into the water during repairs.
Yes. Unfortunately, this is not a test that the Village’s Water Plant can perform. If you want to have your water tested, you should contact a certified laboratory. One such facility in the area is PDC Labs at 309-683-1743. Tests run approximately $60 per sample.
Additional information is available from the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Ground Water and Drinking Water webpage.