[DRAFT] Policies to reduce lead exposure in the Great Lakes: Illinois

Illinois schools (kindergarten through 5th grade) and childcare facilities are required to test for lead in drinking water.

Lead in drinking water tests are not required to be reported to public health agencies.

Under the federal Lead and Copper Rule, the results of lead testing must be reported to the people who receive water from the sampling location within 30 days of receiving the results, and public notification and education is required if lead concentrations exceed the action level in more than 10 percent of taps sampled.

Illinois does not have a more protective action level for lead in drinking water than the federal action level of 15 micrograms per liter, or parts per billion (ppb), but parents and guardians must be notified of test results from schools that are 5 ppb or higher.

The federal Lead and Copper Rule is in the process of being revised.