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Silvis is beginning some of the first steps to remove all its lead water pipes.
The Illinois Environmental Protection Agency is mandating that all cities in the state replace the lead service pipes. Those are the pipes running from the water main in the middle of the street to each individual house.
Congress banned lead service line use in 1986 after lead was found to be leaking into the water and causing illness. However, most of the lines installed before then have never been replaced. In Illinois, more than 667,000 lead water pipes are estimated to still be in use.
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