Get The Lead Out


Yes! Every Community Water System is required to develop, implement and maintain a comprehensive Water Service Line Material Inventory. If a CWS can confidently determine that there are no lead service lines within their system, the CWS is not required to prepare a Lead Service Line Replacement Plan.

Yes, all Community Water Systems or public water systems which serves at least 15 service connections year-round or services 25 residents year-round, must be in compliance with the new state and federal regulations.

When using state or federal funding to complete lead service line replacement, municipalities are responsible for funding the entire cost of the replacement. However, when using local funds for replacement, a municipality can require the owner of the private portion of the lead service to fund that part of the work.

For Illinois communities, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is strongly encouraging municipalities to offer funding options to owners of the private portion of the lead service line.

If an owner of building with a lead service line intends to replace their portion of the lead service line, they are required to provide noticed to the municipality at least 45 days prior to commencing work. The municipality is required to replace the remainder of the lead service line within 30 days (or up to 120 days due to weather conditions).


Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)

Loan Program HOWEVER currently offering up to 100% Principal Loan Forgiveness

Takes Time

1 – 3 Months to prepare Project Plan

6 Month (minimum) for IEPA to review

Need Approval by March 31st for funding year

Eligible Projects

Infrastructure Replacement

Corrosion Control Optimization

Lead Testing and Education

Interim/Emergency Protocols

Lead Service Line Inventory (LSLI) Grant Program

Eligible if your Median Household Income (MHI) is below the States ($68,428)

$20,000 – $50,000 for completing LSL Inventory

Applications due by December 2, 2022

Additional Resources

Visit the following sites for current regulations.


Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)


Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH)

IDPH Reporting Forms:


US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

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