In January 2017, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency amended the Illinois Environmental Protection Act to include a mandate for operators of community water systems in the State of Illinois to create a comprehensive service line inventory. This inventory must account for the total number of service lines in the system, the number of lead service lines in the system, and the number of lead service lines replaced the previous year. Moving forward, this inventory must be updated and submitted on or before April 15th of each year.
In an effort to expedite the inventory process, the Village of Western Springs encouraged residents to fill out the Lead and Copper Service Line Survey web form. The web form is designed for those residents that are already aware of the material composition of their service line, as it contains little to no instruction. The results of the 2018 service line survey are as follows:
Total # of Service Lines
Unknown Service Lines
Copper Service Lines
Lead Service Lines
Please note that the reason for the difference between the total # of service lines from report year 2018 to report year 2019 is related to a discrepancy found between our parcel ID numbers versus our actual water customers.
The water department's goal over the next year is to greatly reduce the number of unknown service lines that still exist throughout the Village. If you are a resident of Western Springs and have not done so already, please fill out the Lead and Copper Service Line Survey web form.
For those residents whom have not filled out the web form and are unsure of the material composition of their home's service line, the following instructions will help identify key characteristics of lead, copper, and galvanized service lines.
The below Pipe Identification Procedures can be accessed as a PDF file here.