The city of Galesburg is set to begin replacing lead water service lines at about 400 homes. The pipes which connect private residences to the city's water supply have been blamed for contaminating the drinking water in the past.
Galesburg has released more details about its plan to replace privately-owned lead water service lines. City Engineer Wayne Carl said the city will start by replacing lines at 500 homes it deems the highest priority:
The plan was revealed during a two-hour session at the Kensington ballroom. People were able to view placards detailing the proposals, and the city wants residents to share their opinions on the ideas.
Federal regulators suggested the city provide bottled water or filters to residents affected by high levels of lead in their drinking water. The U.S Environmental Protection Agency also urged the city to pay for testing of lead for all water customers who request it.