Is Chicago Tap Water Safe to Drink?

Last Update3:49 am, May 11, 2020

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Tap water ratings

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  • Water Pollution
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Can You Drink Tap Water in Chicago?

Yes, tap water is drinkable.

There was no general information available in WHO data about safely managed drinking water in Illinois. You may check the rate of travelers and residents of Chicago water quality.

What Do People In Illinois Think About The Tap Water?

Travelers and residents of Illinois have rated the water quality and pollution as follows, according to subjective survey data. A score of 100% is considered very high, and a score of 0% is very low. Please be cautious that "moderate to very high" water pollution is bad and the higher the rate of water quality the better.


City of Chicago

EWG's drinking water quality report shows results of tests conducted by the water utility and provided to the Environmental Working Group by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, as well as information from the U.S. EPA Enforcement and Compliance History database (ECHO). For the latest quarter assessed by the U.S. EPA (January 2019 - March 2019), tap water provided by this water utility was in compliance with federal health-based drinking water standards.

Utility details

  • Serves: 2896016
  • Data available: 2012-2017
  • Data Source: Surface water
  • Total: 20

Contaminants That Exceed Guidelines

  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Chloroform
  • Chromium (hexavalent)
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic acid
  • Nitrate
  • Nitrate and nitrite
  • Radium%2C combined (-226 & -228)
  • Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Trichloroacetic acid

Other Detected Contaminants

  • 4-Androstene-3%2C17-dione
  • Barium
  • Chromium (total)
  • Dibromoacetic acid
  • Fluoride
  • Haloacetic acids (HAA5)
  • Molybdenum
  • Strontium
  • Testosterone
  • Vanadium


Always take extra precautions, the water may be safe to drink when it leaves the sewage treatment plant but it may pick up pollutants during its way to your tap. We advise that you ask locals or hotel staff about the water quality. Also, note that different cities have different water mineral contents.

Sources and Resources

Tap water in Chicago, Illinois, is safe to drink. The taste of their tap water is excellent! You may also drink tap from public places, and it’s safe. Even better, and it’s free. The only limitation may be for small children, to guarantee children’s safety, you might need to request or check with your landlord for the latest quality test. In hotels, you can ask the staff about tap water or faucet water.

Chicago Tap  Water
Lake Michigan – Chicago, Illinois

You may have read other articles about household tap water contains lead higher than the EPA standards allow. A big city like Chicago must have fresh water available to its inhabitants. Other cities may also have contaminated water. Old pipe or lead pipe is causing polluted water. And lead pipes were banned in Chicago year 1986.

Current Weather in Chicago


Source of Water in Chicago, Illinois

The source of tap water in Chicago comes from the surface water of Lake Michigan. Lake Michigan is the second-largest lakes in the world. And the only one found within the United States. Not just serve as the source of drinking water, it is as well a place for swimming, fishing, and scenic wonderland.

Two treatment plants are available to disinfect raw water drawn from Lake Michigan. The Jardine Water Purification Plant gives water for the northern areas of the City and suburbs. And the Sawyer Water Purification Plant remains liable for supplying the southern regions of the City and neighborhoods.

Chicago water treatment involves disinfection with chlorine, fluoride, or other chemicals to kill any bacteria in the water. Treatment plants doing a couple of test compositions from every point of the treatment system. A report of findings submitted to control Engineers.

Engineers make judgments on everything from water sources that applied in the purification process.

Their pumping stations distribute pressurized water throughout the city. Chicago does not use water towers to distribute water supply. A rare number of the suburbs use towers for high pressure supplied by gravity and kept uniform.

Some of the Convenience Stores in Chicago

CVS Pharmacy
CVS Pharmacy
  • 7-Eleven
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Garden Gourmet Market
  • Viva Food Mart
  • Amazon Go
  • Malibu Convenience Store
  • SouthLoop Market
  • McCormick Market
  • Stop Everyday
  • Gateway Newsstands
  • GreenArch Food Mar
  • Grand Food Mart
  • John’s Food Mart

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