The city of Galesburg is set to begin replacing lead water service lines at about 400 homes. The pipes which connect private residences to the city's water supply have been blamed for contaminating the drinking water in the past.
There are two main issues regarding lead exposure in Galesburg. First, the city failed to meet Environmental Protection Agency standards for lead levels in water at some residents' homes during testing last fall.
The Knox County Health Department was awarded a $1-million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will help fund the department’s community health center, as well as general and dental health services.