Is Chicago tap water safe to drink? What are the common contaminants and issues? What’s the best water filter for Chicago?
Just like when it comes to pizza, Chicagoans are as proud of their tap water as New Yorkers. Chicago tap water is generally safe to drink and tastes great. Unfortunately lead is often found and even if it’s usually below regulated levels there is no safe level for children. Therefore it’s recommended to use an affordable faucet filter certified for lead removal such as EcoPro by TAPP Water.
Where does Chicago tap water come from?
The tap water in Chicago comes from Lake Michigan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. Water from Lake Michigan enters the intake crib at depths of 20 to 30 feet.
What is in Chicago tap water and who regulates it?
Both the EPA and the Chicago Department of Water Management stress that Chicago’s water is safe to drink. Most of the year the water tastes great but there may be some seasonalities. While harmless health-wise, algae, in the hotter months, can give the water an unpleasant “rotting moss” sort of flavor.
Despite EPAs and CDWMs assurances tests often find lead as well as pesticide and manufacturing residues in it. According to the Chicago Tribune, nine water systems in the Chicago region exceeded EPA standards for lead in 2016. Most of the lead comes from older house and street piping systems.
It was also recently confirmed that 1 out of 5 homes with water meters sampled had brain-damaging levels of lead in their tap water. A new report from September 2022 revealed “shocking levels of toxic lead in Chicago tap water“.
EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention believe there is no safe level of lead exposure. Lead is harmful to health, especially for children. While paint, dust, and soil are the most common sources of lead, drinking water can contribute 40 to 60 percent of an infant’s lead exposure.
Drinking water in public places and restaurants
Use the MyTAPP app (iOS and Android) to find refill stations around you when on the go.
Using a filter like TAPP, you will never need to use any plastic linked with your water consumption. When it’s time to change the filter, dispose of its biodegradable refill cartridge with organic waste.
- The tap water in Chicago is safe to drink from the source but with lead contamination in many homes
- Use an affordable water filter such as TAPP to be in the safe side with lead and other contaminants
- As children are more sensitive to contaminants it may be good to check the schools tap water quality
- Use a refillable bottle on the go and avoid bottled water whenever possible
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