GALESBURG, Ill. (KWQC) — Resident could soon be getting help from the state of Illinois to help replace lead water pipes on their property. City officials said they anticipated receiving a $4 million forgivable loan from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. The load will help to replace privately owned lead water service lines.
In order to disperse the funds, the city is taking applications. The applications will determine if a home will be considered a higher priority. According to officials, the requirements to be considered for high priority are:
1. You must be the occupant of the home, AND
2. You must fall under the HUD income guidelines of a low to moderate income household, AND
3. You must have children ages six and under living at the property.
The households that fall within these requirements will receive first priority for replacement of their lead service lines using the IEPA funds.
Residents can find the application on the city’s website by clicking on Documents and Forms under the Quicklinks tab. Applications are also available at city hall in the public works department. To receive consideration, applications should be submitted to the Public Works Department by December 20, 2016.
City officials hope to begin replacing some lead service lines in April or May of 2017 with the funds. They estimate that it will take around 18 months to utilize the entire $4 million loan for water service line replacements and approximately 1,500 to 2,000 service lines will be able to be replaced. Officials say there are approximately 4,000 lead service lines within the city.
For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 309/345-3623.