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Lead Service Lines

Your public water system is committed to protecting your health regarding the harmful health effects that old lead and galvanized pipes can have on you and your family. As such, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) requires the Village of Oak Lawn to send notices to all property owners who potentially have lead or galvanized water service lines or pipes. Most plumbing systems in the past (before 1986) used lead water service lines and/or brass or bronze faucets and fixtures. 

It is important to note that the Village of Oak Lawn complies with all IEPA requirements, including proactive measures to address the issue of lead water service lines. These initiatives include regular testing and monitoring of water quality and communicating these results every year.  

The Village of Oak Lawn is working with IEPA to develop a program to replace lead pipes on home and business properties with safer alternatives.  More about this program will be shared with residents and businesses in the coming months.  

While the presence of lead water service lines and/or brass or bronze faucets and fixtures may raise concerns, it is essential to approach the issue with a balanced perspective. To ensure that your water supply remains safe and free from harmful contaminants, we have listed some ways to reduce lead exposure in drinking water and included a picture of a typical water service connection.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call the Water Division at (708) 499-7747.