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. 

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

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:

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Water Service Line QR Postcard 

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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       3. Galvanized:

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Step 3: Identify Your Water Material Diameter:

There are 2 spots where you can look to identify the size of your water service.

  1. Engraved on your water meter, you will be able to identify the size of your water service coming into your house. The typical sizes for residential water services are 5/8 (.625), 1”, and 1.5”. You can locate the size of your water meter in the picture below circled in red.

                In this example, the water service diameter is 5/8” (.625)

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2. On the water meter register head, the size will be listed. There is an example below circled in red.

In this example, the water service diameter is 5/8” (.625)

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Step 4: Report Your Results:


Please submit your results using the hyperlink to the Water Service Line Survey. If you are unsure of your water service material, we ask that you choose the ‘Unknown’ option and include a photo of your water service line coming into your property: Water Service Line Material Survey


We will use this information to put together an inventory list and the Village will develop a plan to replace all lead and galvanized water service lines. 


If you have a lead or galvanized water service line, we will coordinate with you directly to get it replaced. 




For additional information on potential lead in your drinking water, please refer to the resources below. 

  1. Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water | US EPA
  2. epa_lead_in_drinking_water_final_8.21.17.pdf