Lead and Copper Resources


EEI understands these are uncertain times when it comes to drinking water rules concerning lead and copper. Having the latest information is vital to Water Utility Managers and other Decision-Makers. We are pleased to offer this page as your resource for the latest information.

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   Recent Developments

EEI Rereleases Infographic – Funding Sources for LSLR (May 2024)
This infographic, originally released in September 2021, summarizes the key requirements and the process for submitting a Lead Service Line Replacement Project Plan to secure funding through the Illinois EPA State Revolving Fund (SRF).  The infographic has been updated to reflect the latest known funding sources. EEI Infographic

IDPH Partial LSLR Notification Form (April 2024)
The Illinois Department of Public Health has updated the online form used for notifying IDPH of a partial LSLR as a result of an emergency repair, failure of a property owner to respond or sign the waiver for planned replacement, dangers encountered that prevented full LSLR, or a property owner signed a waiver refusing to complete LSLR. The form can be found here.

UESPA Releases Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (January 2024)
On November 30, 2023, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) announced the details of the proposed Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI). The LCRI is an additional update to the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) and Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR). EEI has created a detailed summary as well as a brief summary of the rule making.

EEI Releases Infographic – Managing LSLR Construction (November 2023)
The infographic highlights some of the key considerations needed for the construction phase of a LSLR project. EEI Infographic

Regulatory Notification: Funding for LSLR Under Illinois PWSLP (August 2023)
The IEPA recently released changes to the previously proposed procedures for issuing loans from the Public Water Supply Loan Program (PWSLP) to provide funding for Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) (35 Ill. Adm. Code 663). Click here for EEI’s brief summary of the published rule. The IEPA will accept written public comments on the new procedures until September 25, 2023.

In addition to the PWSLP rule changes to provide funding for LSLR (35 Ill. Adm. Code 663), the IEPA is moving forward with proposing 30-year term loans for both Part 662 PWSLP and Part 365 Water Pollution Control Program. Click here for EEI’s brief summary of the proposed changes.

IL LSLR Advisory Board Releases Report of Recommendations (July 2023)
The LSLR Advisory Board formed by the Illinois Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act released the report outlining technical challenges, costs associated with, and opportunities to finance LSLR in Illinois. Click here for EEI’s brief summary of the report. The full report can be found on the IEPA website: Click here to view

EEI Releases Infographic – Creating a LSLR Design Policy (July 2023) 
The infographic highlights aspects to consider when developing a LSLR Design Policy. EEI Infographic

EEI Releases Infographic – Water Filter Requirements (May 2023) 
The infographic highlights the current and upcoming water filter requirements during and after LSLR. EEI Infographic

EEI Releases Infographic – Creating a LSLR Funding Policy (April 2023) 
The infographic highlights aspects to consider when developing a LSLR Funding Policy. EEI Infographic

IEPA Updates Lead Service Line Inventory Template (March 17, 2023)

The IEPA released an updated excel spreadsheet template for the service line Material Inventory submitted on April 2023 and April 2024. Click here to download

IEPA Draft Proposed Rule for PWSLP (February 2023)
In December 2022, the Illinois EPA announced a draft proposed rule for Public Water Supply Loan Program (PWSLP) funded lead service line replacement (LSLR) projects. EEI published a Regulatory Notification to summarize the proposed revisions. Public comments are being accepted until February 17, 2023.

EEI Releases Infographic about LSLR Construction Methods (December 2022) 
The infographic outlines three LSLR construction methods and their pros and cons EEI Infographic

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