What are additional preventative actions I can take?

Regular monitoring and testing is performed to ensure continued availability of safe drinking water. However, if you learn that you have a lead service line and you would like to take additional preventative actions, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency provides the following to reduce potential exposures in drinking water:

  • Run water at the kitchen tap for 1-2 minutes to clear potential lead from household plumbing. Then, fill a container with water and store it in the refrigerator for drinking, cooking, or preparing baby formula throughout the day.
  • Use cold water for drinking, cooking, and preparing baby formula, as lead dissolves more easily into hot water.
  • You can consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter that is certified to remove "total lead."
  • Clean and remove any debris from faucet aerators on a regular basis.
  • Purchase lead-free faucets and plumbing components.
  • Test your water for lead. If test results indicate a lead level above 15 parts per billion, bottled water should be used by pregnant women, breastfeeding women, young children and formula-fed infants.

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1. What is lead?
2. Why are some Water Service Lines made from lead?
3. How can I be exposed to lead?
4. Does La Grange water have lead in it?
5. When will my service line be replaced?
6. What will the Village's Lead Service Replacement Program replace?
7. What will I need to do?
8. What if I want my Service Line replaced sooner?
9. What can I expect?
10. How do I find more information?
11. What are additional preventative actions I can take?
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