© 2022 WVIK
Listen at 90.3 FM and 105.7 FM in the Quad Cities, 95.9 FM in Dubuque, or on the WVIK app!
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
Environment

Galesburg Offers Free Lead Tests

Galesburg will provide free water testing for residents worried about possible lead in their water.
Maegan Tintari
/
Flickr
Galesburg will provide free water testing for residents worried about possible lead in their water.
galesburg-city-sign__1_.jpg

At the urging of federal officials, Galesburg will provide free water testing for residents worried about possible lead in their water. Wednesday the city also announced it will provide filters for any home with high levels of lead in the water. 

Director of Public Works, Wayne Carl, says home-owners should first determine if they have a lead service line by going to the city website, and typing in their address in the special "online tool." Or call the city and someone will go to the home.
Lead service lines are most often found in homes built in the 1950's, and earlier. And Carl estimates that could be about 47-hundred homes in Galesburg. 

If the answer is "yes," people can pick up a free test kit.

leadtest1.mp3
You must leave water in the pipes for 6 hours and then take a sample.

Carl says test results will come back in 1 1/2 to 2 weeks. The limit or "action level" is 15 parts-per-billion, and anyone with a reading higher than that can also get a free filter from the city. 

Last year tests from six homes showed high levels, of the 50 that were tested. 

Tags

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.