Reducing lead from distribution systems
Lead Policy – Illinois
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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 provides IDPH with the weekly alert report of individual results that are above action level exceedances.
Schools and childcare facilities are required to test for lead*
Action level is 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 is at or below 5 ppb for schools and childcare facilities*^
Service line material inventory is required
Illinois requires an initial inventory of all water distribution system materials to be submitted by April 15, 2023. Note – Section 17.11 of the Illinois Environmental Protection Act has had this requirement since 2018.
Partial lead service line replacement is prohibited*
Program components are marked with an asterisk (*) if the GLLC model policy goes beyond what is required by the LCRR, and marked with a caret (^) to denote LCRI-derived components.
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