Chicago’s legacy lead service lines are found in nearly 400,000 primarily single-family and two-flat residents. While Chicago’s drinking water is in full compliance with all federal, state, and industry standards, the City is committed to begin lead service line removal in a responsible, sustainable and equitable manner.
The two voluntary replacement programs already announced- the Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program and the Homeowner-Initiated Program represent the first phase of a multi-year effort. In the coming year, we will be investigating what it’ll take to perform lead service line replacement when the Department of Water Management conducts routine maintenance and repairs to water mains.
The City has also released a technical report to explore the full spectrum of funding and operational options for lead service line replacement and created a working group made up of stakeholder groups, regulators and aldermen to provide input on operationalizing recommendations based on the report.
Lead-Safe Chicago is a project of the City of Chicago.