Tests show majority of Galesburg water has safe lead levels

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Most results from Galesburg’s latest water testing showed that lead levels were below what would cause the Environmental Protection Agency to take action.

The City of Galesburg worked with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for their spring 2016 water testing. They took 30 samples from around the city, according to a statement from Executive Secretary Cathy St. George.

Of those 30 samples, 28 tested below the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level standard of 15 parts per billion, the statement said. Two homes tested above that standard.

According to the EPA’s website, lead usually gets into drinking water through plumbing materials.  When lead content is too high, the EPA will take steps to control corrosion and tell the public about what they can do to protect their health.

St. George noted that the city also tested water at the pumping station at 920 West Main Street. It was confirmed “that there is no lead in the water being distributed into the City’s water main distribution system.”

Galesburg is only halfway through their spring testing. Another 30 samples will be collected by May 13 and test results will be available by May 25.

The city will test 60 more samples come fall 2016.