Illinois EPA Launches Online Community Water System Reports

Apr 3, 2019

Illinois residents are now able to review the number of lead service lines in their community's water system.

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director John Kim announced Tuesday the agency has launched an online tool that allows residents to download reports on their local water system.

The report details the types of materials that make up water distribution grids.

For Example, the Rend Lake Inter-City Water System reported eight copper lines soldered with lead in 2018.

Community water systems have until April 15 to submit calendar 2018 data.

The EPA estimates that Illinois has 3.7 million water lines. Of those, about 415,000 are made of lead. About 319,000 are made of copper and potentially contain lead solder.