Reducing lead from distribution systems

Lead Policy-Illinois


Back to Compare


Program component has been implemented in this jurisdiction

Program component has not yet been implemented in this jurisdiction

Program component has been partially implemented in this jurisdiction

Policy Indicator



Action level exceedances must be reported to consumers

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.

Testing results must be reported to local public health agencies

Illinois does not require lead in drinking water tests to be reported to public health agencies.

Schools and child care facilities required to test for lead*

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

Action level at or below 12 ppb*^

Illinois does not have a more protective action level for lead in drinking water than the federal action level of 15 ppb.

Action level at or below 5 ppb in schools and child care facilities*^

In Illinois, parents and guardians must be notified of test results from schools that are 5 ppb or higher.

Service line material inventory required

Illinois requires an initial inventory of all water distribution system materials to be submitted by April 15, 2023.

Partial LSLR prohibited*

Illinois prohibits partial lead service line replacement, barring exceptions for emergency situations.