Does the Village of Park Forest test for lead?

Yes. The Village is required by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to test for lead every three years from IEPA-approved sites. The Village does not have laboratory facilities to test for lead in drinking water, but contracts with a lab certified by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The most recent sampling period was July/August of 2017. The results are posted on the Village’s website at The Village complies with all IEPA testing requirements and have met those requirements every year since testing began in 1997.

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1. Where does the Village of Park Forest get its water?
2. Does the Village of Park Forest test for lead?
3. How likely are Park Forest residents to be at risk from lead in their drinking water?
4. How does lead get into drinking water?
5. What does the Village of Park Forest do to prevent elevated lead levels?
6. What are the chances the Village’s old water mains are adding lead to the drinking water supply?
7. Do water main breaks or construction increase lead levels
8. What would be the most likely source of lead in my home’s tap water?
9. If my home has a lead service line, can it be replaced?
10. Should I test my drinking water for lead?
11. What are the health effects of lead in drinking water?
12. What measures can I take to reduce the lead in my home’s drinking water?
13. Where can I find more information?