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Lead Awareness and Drinking Water Safety

CWLP reduces risks of corrosion occurring in plumbing systems by adding lime during the water treatment process, which raises the pH of the finished drinking water. The use of lime and the higher pH of the water limits the risk of metals, such as lead, from leaching into drinking water from lead service lines and plumbing fixtures containing lead or copper.

In situations where water is left standing for extended periods in plumbing systems and service lines where lead or copper pipe or solder exists, contamination into drinking water is a possibility. There are safeguards you can take to protect against this risk.

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About Lead Service Lines

Service lines are the lines that run from the water main near the street to the property. The portion of the line from the curb stop to the home or building is customer-owned and the portion from the curb stop or meter to the water main is owned by the utility. If a home or building was constructed prior to 1930 in Springfield, it may have a lead service line. Other material types for water service lines include copper, polyethylene and galvanized

Where are lead service lines suspected?

CWLP is developing an interactive map and online survey to show and collect water service line material information for active customers within our service area. CWLP has historic data for the public portion of the water service line that derive from record drawings, plumbing inspections, maintenance records, and service inspections. In some locations, CWLP has verified the pipe material by visual observation. All other information is based on historic records and has not been confirmed.

Lead service lines in Springfield are located in homes or buildings constructed prior to 1930, most of which are located in an area bound approximately east of Bruns Lane between Sangamon and Stanford Avenues.

Questions? Call our Lead Awareness Water Line, 217.789.2323 ext. 1631 or e-mail

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