Lead Service Lookup
The video below shows the process of replacing a lead service line.
Richard Nelson, Water Superintendent
Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday - Friday)
Emergency Contact: Non-business Hours
The City obtains its groundwater from an aquifer near Oquawka, Illinois, which is located along the Mississippi River. Utilizing a collector well and three gravel-pack wells, the water is pumped approximately 32 miles to Galesburg through a 36 inch and 42 inch transmission line. There are nine million gallons of storage capacity at the Galesburg Water Plant and 2 million gallons of overhead storage in three towers throughout the City. The average daily water pumpage is six million gallons with a peak demand of 9.5 million gallons. The water is pumped into the distribution system through approximately 210 miles of water main. The distribution system also consists of approximately 1400 fire hydrants, with 12,500 water users.
Water Treatment - How your water is treated
- Filtration: Sand filters remove iron and manganese which, when present, will stain laundry and plumbing fixtures.
- Chlorination: Chlorine is a disinfectant which kills bacteria and viruses that may be present.
- Fluoridation: The addition of Fluoride at optimum levels greatly enhances dental health.
- Corrosion Control: A phosphate inhibitor is added to help reduce the amounts of lead and copper that may leach into the water from household plumbing.
All chemicals added to your water are closely monitored and tested to ensure that the proper dosages are achieved.
What You Should Know About Lead in Your Drinking Water
The City of Galesburg is committed to providing residents with a safe and reliable supply of drinking water, and continuously monitors the quality of the water. In 2015, the City of Galesburg found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings, and therefore exceeded the lead action level by a narrow margin. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and young children.
The City water does not have any lead in it at the source, in the treatment plant, in the mains, or anywhere else in the publicly owned portion of the system. However, privately owned lead water service lines running from the main to individual buildings, as well as lead piping and fixtures within those buildings do contain lead and the water can pick up lead when sitting in those pipes/fixtures for a length of time.
The City has taken steps to correct the lead level, including adding phosphate inhibitor to further reduce lead levels and collecting water samples from sixty homes every six months until the lead action level is not exceeded by more than 10% of these homes. As required by the IEPA, the City issued notices to all customers advising them that the action levels was exceeded. In addition, a notice was also placed on water bills.
Some residents may have a lead water service line. The water service line is the responsibility of the property owner, but the City offers some incentives for water service line replacement. To find out more about lead water service line replacement or to find out if you have a lead water service line, call the Water Division at 309-345-3649.