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Families With Kids Can Now Apply For Free Lead Service Line Replacement Without Getting A Test

The program is meant to protect households from having high levels of lead in their water.

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CHICAGO — The city is expanding to its Lead Service Line Replacement program so more families will be eligible.

Under the program, the city will replace a home’s lead service line for free. And the program will no longer require a house to test to show elevated levels of lead in the drinking water if there are residents who are 17 or younger there, according to a Tuesday city news release.

Houses where residents are older can still apply for the program if they have elevated levels of lead, as shown through a free Department of Water Management test, according to the city.

To qualify, residents must own a single-family home or a two-flat and have a lead service line. There are also income caps that vary based on a family’s size; for example, to be eligible, a family of four must make $74,550 per year or less, according to the city.

More information about the program and how to apply is available online.

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