Rockford gets grant to replace thousands of lead water pipes

Courtesy: Rockford Water
Courtesy: Rockford Water(WIFR)
Published: Sep. 3, 2019 at 2:33 PM CDT
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A new grant will help the city of Rockford replace nearly 2,500 of its 14,000 known lead service lines over the next five years.

Rockford secured a $2 million Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) State Revolving Loan, which the city will not need to be paid back.

The money is expected to cover work that Rockford Water started in July and expects to continue into spring.

The city of Rockford says it will take a three-prong approach to the project by:

1. Addressing the high-risk/oldest lead service lines

2. Replacing lead lines during capital improvement projects to reduce restoration costs

3. Replacing the lead lines when there are maintenance issues

With the help of Fehr Graham, Rockford is the first city in Illinois to qualify for the grant.

“Rockford Water is proud and excited to be at the forefront of lead service line replacement in the state,” said Kyle Saunders, the city’s public works director. “The team at Fehr Graham helped us seize this opportunity to upgrade our aging water system at no cost to our rate payers.”

Rockford plans to apply for another loan to continue the program once the $2 million is used.

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that shows locations of the lead service lines. ​