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While Chicago’s drinking water meets all safety standards, lead can get into water in a number of ways. Take the following steps to keep your water lead safe.

CHECK YOUR LINE FOR LEAD
FLUSH YOUR WATER
USE COLD WATER
CLEAN YOUR AERATORS
REPLACE OLDER FAUCETS
GET A FREE WATER TEST
GET A FREE WATER FILTER  
REPLACE YOUR LEAD SERVICE LINE
VOLUNTEER FOR WATER STUDY

Drinking Water Purification Process

Lake Michigan is one of our region's greatest natural assets and it is also an ample and consistent supply of source water for City residents. This consistency helps the Department of Water Management (DWM) to produce and deliver a reliable supply of safe drinking water to our consumers. Almost one billion gallons daily of clean drinking water is delivered daily to Chicago and the surrounding suburbs.

When water leaves DWM’s water treatment plants, there is no detectable lead in it. DWM keeps our water clean by: