Illinois - Water Quality: Program Requirement

Area: 
Program Requirement
Policy Type: 
Statute
Summary: 

State law requires districts to address water quality in schools.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 20-2305-2. Powers.

(a) The State Department of Public Health has general supervision of the interests of the health and lives of the people of the State. It has supreme authority in matters of quarantine and isolation, and may declare and enforce quarantine and isolation when none exists, and may modify or relax quarantine and isolation when it has been established. The Department may adopt, promulgate, repeal and amend rules and regulations and make such sanitary investigations and inspections as it may from time to time deem necessary for the preservation and improvement of the public health, consistent with law regulating the following:

  • (1) Transportation of the remains of deceased persons.
  • (2) Sanitary practices relating to drinking water made accessible to the public for human consumption or for lavatory or culinary purposes.

Illinois Compiled Statutes 225-320-35.5. Lead in drinking water prevention.

(a) The General Assembly finds that lead has been detected in the drinking water of schools in this State. The General Assembly also finds that infants and young children may suffer adverse health effects and developmental delays as a result of exposure to even low levels of lead. The General Assembly further finds that it is in the best interests of the people of the State to require school districts or chief school administrators, or the designee of the school district or chief school administrator, to test for lead in drinking water in school buildings and provide written notification of the test results.
The purpose of this Section is to require (i) school districts or chief school administrators, or the designees of the school districts or chief school administrators, to test for lead with the goal of providing school building occupants with an adequate supply of safe, potable water; and (ii) school districts or chief school administrators, or the designees of the school districts or chief school administrators, to notify the parents and legal guardians of enrolled students of the sampling results from their respective school buildings.


Illinois Compiled Statutes 105-5-10-20.17. Water supply.

To provide for the schools in their districts an adequate, clear, palatable, and safe supply of water for drinking purposes and for general school use in accordance with Sections 2 and 8.1 of the Department of Public Health Act [20 ILCS 2305/2 and 20 ILCS 2305/8.1].

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