St. Charles inventories water pipes to identify lead ones – Chicago Tribune

The city of Saint-Charles is carrying out an inventory of water connections in order to identify lead pipes.

The inventory is required by the Illinois Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act, city officials said in a news release.

The water service line is the smallest pipe that carries water from the city water main to homes or businesses, according to the statement. In order to gather information for the inventory, the city sends water customers an online survey to complete.

St. Charles’ drinking water source is lead-free and the city’s water pipes are lead-free, city officials said. However, lead was commonly used as a material in water pipes and household plumbing before the mid-1950s, and the practice was not banned until 1986.

Since there is no record of which homes may have lead water pipes, the city relies on customers to identify the materials used for their pipes.

The project is carried out in phases. Each phase covers a selected survey area, city officials said. Customers will receive a letter in the mail when their neighborhood is scheduled to be investigated. The letter contains information about the project as well as a link/QR Code to access the online survey.

Those unable to complete the survey on a computer or mobile device should call the Public Works Department at 630-377-4405 for assistance.

More information about the project is available on the city’s website at https://www.stcharlesil.gov/projects/inventory-water-service-lines.