Delivering safe and high-quality drinking water to over 150,000 residents and businesses is core to the Village’s operation. In alignment with that mission, the Village adheres to all state and federal regulations including a new state law prohibiting partial lead and galvanized line replacements; this new law went into effect on January 1, 2022. In addition, the Village is required to perform a water service line material inventory by 2024.
Water service line materials used throughout Wilmette include copper, galvanized pipe, and lead. In the past it has been common practice to complete partial line replacements when a lead or galvanized service line breaks or leaks. These partial replacements are no longer allowed due to risks caused by the disruption in the line. For all lead or galvanized service line repairs, the entire line now must be replaced.
The Village has begun to collect service line information and will be sending postcards to properties requesting that residents take photos of their water service line/meter and submit the photos to the Village. The inventory results will be used to develop a long-term plan to address existing lead service lines.