Water Quality & Safety
Skokie Water Quality Safety Information
The serious water quality issues affecting the public water supply in Flint, Michigan, have heightened concerns about the safety of public water supplies throughout the country. The Village of Skokie would like to remind and assure Skokie residents that the drinking water supplied to residents and businesses in the community is safe and rigorously tested on an ongoing basis. Skokie's water supply meets all Illinois Environmental Protection Agency standards, and has consistently met these standards for many years. View the current Skokie Water Quality Report.
The issue of lead in water supplies is always of concern, especially for pregnant women and children. Skokie's water is tested for lead according to federal standards, and during the last testing cycle, Skokie's results were below the laboratory's detection limit of no more than five parts per billion. Lead in water does not come from water sources or water mains, but instead, is introduced into the water supply through household plumbing fixtures or through the service line that connects individual homes or businesses to the main. To protect Skokie's water supply from potential lead contamination, orthophosphate is added to Skokie's water supply to form a protective coating inside of water lines and plumbing fixtures to reduce the possible leaching of lead into the water.
View more information about lead and your drinking water (PDF).
More Information on Lead
Information on lead in drinking water, and steps that can be taken to minimize lead exposure is available from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or online.
Residents concerned about lead in the water may wish to have their water privately tested. While the Village of Skokie does not endorse or recommend any particular testing labs, the following are available locally:
- Suburban Laboratories, Inc.
- Bain Environmental
- Severn Trent Laboratories (TestAmerica Chicago)