The Water Survey, with collaborators from the University of Illinois and county health departments, is continuing a study into measurable lead levels in homes with private wells in rural areas of Champaign, Jackson, Peoria, Kane, and Whiteside counties.
Lead exposure can cause serious damage to children's developing brains, so identifying elevated lead concentrations and working with homeowners and public health workers to mitigate sources of lead in water is vital.
The study involves taking water samples to determine if there is lead. After initial sampling, some participants are then selected for the next phase, which involves repeat sampling and plumbing and well assessments to identify sources of lead. If the water is found to have lead in this phase, researchers randomly assign the home to one of four mitigation methods, which include devices to remove lead and potentially modifications to the pipes, plumbing, and/or well.
The study is now recruiting participants from Champaign and Whiteside counties, and the neighboring counties of Ogle, Lee, Bureau, Henry, and Rock Island. If you live in one of these counties, use a private well, and are interested in participating, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.