Illinois EPA awards $4 million to Village of Barrington to replace lead service lines

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Chicago Construction News staff writer

The Illinois EPA has announced $4 million for the Village of Barrington (Cook and Lake Counties) to replace lead service lines.

Funding comes from the State Revolving Fund (SRF), which provides low-interest loan funding for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater projects.

“Through the required Service Line Material Inventory Report, the Village of Barrington has identified at least 328 lead service lines and will be using these funds to begin replacing lead service lines and provide additional protection to their customers,” said Director Kim. “The Illinois EPA is proud to partner with the Village by providing essential funding.”

The Village plans to replace about 300 lines within the community with this funding. Lead is a toxic metal that can accumulate in the body over time. Lead can enter drinking water when corrosion of pipes and/or fixtures occurs. Service lines are small pipes that carry drinking water from water mains into homes.

Since 2017, the Illinois EPA has provided Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) principal forgiveness for projects directly related to activities that reduce or eliminate lead from potable water.

To date, Illinois EPA has provided over $117.4 million in funding for lead service line replacement. LSLR principal forgiveness is available up to a maximum amount of $4 million per loan recipient until the allotted funds are expended. Illinois EPA anticipates distributing an additional $5.2 million in principal forgiveness funding under this program allotment by June 30, 2023.

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