Chicago’s legacy lead service lines are found in nearly 400,000 primarily single-family and two-flat residences. 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 Department of Water Management (DWM) is running three voluntary replacement programs. The Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program, the Homeowner-Initiated Program and the Daycare Program make it possible for residents to to replace their lines on their own timeline.
There are also two required programs for lead service line replacement. Under the Breaks and Leaks Program, whenever a resident's line has a break or leak DWM replaces it for free. We are also performing free service line replacements whenever we update water or sewer mains through the Block Long Program.
MORE INFORMATION ON SERVICE LINE REPLACEMENT PROGRAMS
Lead-Safe Chicago is a project of the City of Chicago.