Water Service Line Replacement

Recently, Illinois passed the Lead Service Line Replacement and Notification Act. As part of this law, Illinois communities such as Schiller Park must conduct a water service line material inventory to submit to the State. This includes obtaining information from homeowners on the type of material of their water service. Please see the instructions below on how to identify the material of your water service. Thank you for your cooperation

We are asking you to follow the directions in the survey in the following link to help us gather information on this topic. Water Service Line Material Survey

Below are a few basic steps to help you fill out the survey.


Step 1: Locate Your Water Service

Your water service is typically found in the basement or utility room. Your water meter will be attached to a pipe coming into your home/business, as well as the pipe supplying your home/business with water. 

The area that you are going to be looking at to identify the material of your water service is circled in red in the image below:

A close-up of a faucet

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Your water service will be coming into your home/business through the floor or through your foundational wall.

Water Service Line Replacement Brochure


Step 2: Identify Your Water Service Material

If the incoming pipe is discolored or dirty, you may need to wipe it with a damp rag for a better visual to identify the color of your water service. Using the material color of your water service, you will be able to identify the material.

Your water service material is likely to be one of three materials.

  1. Copper – similar color like a penny
  2. Lead – silver, not magnetic, may have a bulb-like bulge (displayed in second Lead picture)
  3. Galvanized – silver, magnetic

Below are numbered images of what each material looks like:

  1. Copper:                                                                                

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      2. Lead:                                                                                                     Lead with bulb-like bulge

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