Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: May 24, 2022
Earlier today, the Westmont Water Department began water infrastructure repairs in specific areas of the community. The areas affected by the repair will have their water shut off on Friday May 27 until approximately 1:00 p.m. After repairs are completed, the Westmont Water Division recommends that residents and businesses affected by this situation will boil all drinking water for the next three days, ending the water boil recommendation on Tuesday, May 31. The repair is in regard to compliance upgrades pertaining to new lead and copper regulations.
The specific areas affected by this repair include water customers at the following locations. These locations were notified of the shutoffs and water boil via notices that were hand-delivered prior to the repair.
In accordance with both state and federal law, boiling all drinking water is recommended as a precaution. State and Federal Environmental Protection Agencies require notification of residents when low pressure conditions exist to protect against the possibility of contaminants entering the system.
This water main repair may affect the lead content of the potable water supply where the repairs occurred. Lead, a metal found in natural deposits, is harmful to human health. The most common exposure to lead is swallowing or breathing in lead paint chips and dust. However, lead in drinking water can also be a source of lead exposure. In the past, lead was used in some water service lines and household plumbing materials. Lead in water usually occurs through corrosion of plumbing products containing lead; however, disruption (construction or maintenance) of lead service lines may also temporarily increase lead levels in the water supply. This disruption may be sometimes caused by water main maintenance/replacement such as this one.
As of June 19, 1986 new or replaced water service lines and new household plumbing materials could not contain more than 8% lead. Lead content was further reduced on January 4, 2014, when plumbing materials must now be certified as "lead free” to be used (weighted average of wetted surface cannot be more than 0.25% lead.) While it's not known for certain whether or not this particular construction project will adversely affect the lead (if present) plumbing in and outside of your home, below describes some preventative measures you can take to help reduce the amount of lead in drinking water.