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Reducing lead exposure by removing lead service lines is one of the top public health and infrastructure priorities in the nation. At the local level, many communities have taken proactive steps to identify and replace lead lines, and Illinois is one of only three states that now mandates the full replacement of lead service lines including the portion within private property. 

Illinois’ Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act, which went into effect January 1st of this year, requires municipalities and other operators responsible for community water supplies to create a materials inventory of water service lines and a lead service line replacement plan and schedule.

Communities will need to meet annual regulatory reporting deadlines for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA) starting April 2023. 

Click here for key details and what your community needs to know to get started.

Want to know more about lead service line replacements? This is the first in a series of articles focusing on what communities need to know about lead service line replacements. Watch future newsletters to learn about communications and outreach, funding and other implementation best practices.

Key Regulatory Deadlines

April 15, 2022: Develop an initial service lines materials inventory (however, there is no requirement to submit inventories to Illinois EPA by this deadline)

April 15, 2023: Submit an updated materials inventory electronically to Illinois EPA

April 15, 2024: Submit a complete materials inventory and an initial Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) plan

April 15, 2025 to April 15, 2027: Update and submit LSLR plans annually

April 15, 2027: Submit a complete and final LSLR plan

Join Us for Giving DuPage Days

Help raise funds for over 95 local charities addressing critical issues.

Participating in Giving DuPage Days, a 5-day online community fundraiser, is a fantastic way to give back to the DuPage County communities we live in and work with. Community organizations on shoestring budgets have stepped up to meet the needs of our most vulnerable and at-risk individuals creatively and inspirationally during an especially challenging time due to the pandemic.

Between May 2 and May 6, join us in saying thank you by giving back.

With a mission to promote giving and volunteering in DuPage County, Giving DuPage is a critical resource connecting volunteers with non-profits serving the needs of county residents. 

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Celebrating Earth Month and Arbor Day 2022

Did you know that many local agencies have tree seedling giveaways or native plant sales for their residents in celebration of Earth Month and Arbor Day? Below are just a few in the upcoming days, but be sure to check your community for special events.


The Restore the Canopy Program from MWRD (Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago) offers free oak saplings from April to October.


Highland Park’s annual Arbor Day Celebration for residents on April 30 features native tree seedling giveaways.


Lake County Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale is at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve (Libertyville) May 7-8.


DuPage Forest Preserves Native Plant Sale is at Mayslake Peabody Estate on May 13-14.


Orders for the Wild Ones-West Cook's Native Plant Sale can be placed through May 15.

Spring Staycation Picks

Have you ever wanted to just do a staycation but still feel like you’re getting away? Here are our staff’s top picks for staycations this year.

Consider a nearby vacation rental and hit your bucket list items - top-rated restaurants, attractions and events that you just can’t normally get to like,


Relaxing at the AIRE Ancient Baths Chicago

Visiting the The Preserve of Highland Park (grand opening June 2022)

Checking out the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit at the Lighthouse Artspace

Exploring a new museum like the WDNR Museum Chicago featuring immersive art and technology

Escaping to The Forge: Lemont Quarries Adventure Park

Celebrating Milestones

Our team was excited to celebrate birthdays and our 6 month milestone in the office.