- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

GALESBURG, Ill. (AP) - A $4 million state loan from will help replace lead water lines in an Illinois city with one of the nation’s most persistent problems of lead in drinking water.

The loan to Galesburg announced Wednesday is expected to cover the cost of replacing about 2,000 lead service lines, nearly half of the total lead lines in the city. Officials there expect the project will take up to four years.

Galesburg will be required only to repay the interest on the loan.

An investigation published last month by The Associated Press found Galesburg had one of the nation’s most persistent problems of lead in drinking water. An AP analysis found the city’s water exceeded the federal lead-action level of 15 parts per billion 22 times over the last 25 years.


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