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Steps to reduce lead in drinking water

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WSIL -- Lead can be found all around us, in the soil, paint and even the plumbing in our homes. But there are steps we can take to prevent it from ending up in our drinking water.

As part of a national effort, The Rend Lake Intercity Water System is working to educate the public about the dangers of lead. 

No city or water district receiving water from the Rend Lake Intercity Water System has reported lead levels above the state standard but officials say proactive public education is still important. 

Officials say if lead is suspected in your drinking water follow these steps.

  • Run your water for 15-30 seconds to flush lead from interior plumbing or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking if it hasn’t been used for several hours. 
  • Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.
  • Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.
  • Look for alternative drinking water sources or treatment of water. You may want to consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter.
  • Get your child’s blood tested. Contact your local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about exposure.
  • Identify and replace plumbing fixtures containing lead. 

To find out how to get your water tested or for more information call Rend Lake Intercity Water System at 618-439-4394 or visit

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