leadpipe 080123ELGIN – State Senator Cristina Castro announced that the Village of Carpentersville will receive $4 million in funding from the Illinois EPA to replace lead service lines in the community.

“Clean drinking water is a basic human right, and it’s especially important that our children have access to clean water that is lead-free,” said Castro (D-Elgin). “Investing in replacing these pipes will keep harmful chemicals out of our water and give Carpentersville families, schools and businesses peace of mind that their water infrastructure is safe, healthy and upgraded.”

The Illinois EPA’s State Revolving Fund provides low-interest loan funding for drinking water, wastewater and stormwater projects. The Village of Carpentersville will use the $4 million to replace outdated lines, ensuring residents are consuming and using water free from toxic lead.

Many older homes still have lead service lines. Lead, a toxic metal that can accumulate in the body over time, can enter drinking water when pipes or fixtures corrode. Replacing lead service lines will help reduce residents’ exposure to lead. Carpentersville village officials anticipate replacing an estimated 312 lead services lines in the community with this funding, which does not need to be repaid.

Additional information is available on the Illinois EPA website. To find resources on lead in your home, click here.