Chicago’s legacy lead service lines affect 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 and responsible, sustainable and equitable manner.
It’s for that reason we have created the Lead Service Line Replacement Program. This initiative will provide a variety of resources to residents who wish to replace their lead service lines, all while continuously building on our commitment to addressing this issue.
In addition to the two voluntary replacement programs already announced- the Equity Lead Service Line Replacement Program and the Homeowner-Initiated Program in the coming year, we will be investigating what it’ll take to perform lead service line replacement when the Department of Water Management conduct their own routine maintenance and repairs to water mains.
The City also commissioning a technical report to explore the full spectrum of funding and operational options for lead service line replacement and creating 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.