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.