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Posted on: February 26, 2016

Lombard to voluntarily test water samples in order to ensure ongoing high quality of drinking water

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The Village of Lombard wants to assure its residents that Lombard’s water is safe to drink and exceeds all Federal and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Standards for drinking water.

To ensure ongoing quality of excellence, the Village will be conducting a voluntary water sampling in the coming months.
The independent results will be posted at villageoflombard.org/waterquality and are intended to serve as ongoing support of mandated water quality reports.

Lombard, like all public distribution water systems, is required to test for lead in drinking water every three years. The most recent sample year for the Village is from 2014 and is available at villageoflombard.org/waterqualityreport. All of the sample sites were either non-detectable for lead or far below the Action Level for lead set forth by the EPA. Lombard receives pre-treated finished water from the City of Chicago via the DuPage Water Commission and adds only a small amount of required chlorine to maintain disinfectant levels.

When older water service lines or plumbing fixtures are disturbed and come in contact with water for a sufficient amount of time, lead leaching is possible. To help combat potential leaching, the City of Chicago treats water with a polyphosphate additive that forms a thin layer on the inside of water mains and interior plumbing to prevent water from actually coming in contact with pipe surfaces. This additive remains in the water all the way from the treatment plant to your home or business in Lombard. During construction or emergency repairs, this coating may be disturbed. Potential leaching can be minimized by running cold water faucets for a few minutes after long periods of inactive use, usually longer than six hours. This may include when you wake up in the morning, or return home from work or school. Other ways to reduce or eliminate potential lead exposure is to replace aged water service lines, and update older plumbing fixtures in your home with new lead free WaterSense fixtures. Water filters are also available to remove lead from drinking water. These can be found at most major retailers or online.

Lombard is committed to providing the highest quality and safest water to its residents and businesses. The Utilities Division of the Public Works Department has elected to perform additional random water sampling for lead for informational purposes only. We are also committed to providing our residents and businesses with as much educational information as possible to assist water customers in reducing exposure to lead in drinking water. For additional information, please contact Lombard Public Works at publicworks@villageoflombard.org

or 630-620-5740. You may also visit www.epa.gov/safewater/lead or the American Water Works Association DrinkTap website at www.drinktap.org for more information regarding lead in drinking water.

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