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.
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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.