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Drinking Water Filter Program

Milwaukee's drinking water meets all U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for water quality and is regularly tested. You can find more information about Milwaukee's water treatment here.

Do I Need a Water Filter?

Milwaukee's water meets all EPA standards for water quality and is regularly tested. The City of Milwaukee Health Department recommends that families who live in homes with lead service lines and who have children under the age of 6 or pregnant or breastfeeding women in the home take additional steps to further reduce their risk of lead exposure, including using a drinking water filter. This is especially important for infants who drink formula made with tap water.

To find out if your home has a lead service line, you can look up your address on the Milwaukee Water Works page here or by calling Milwaukee Water Works customer service at (414) 286-2830.

For more information on additional steps you can take to reduce your risk of lead exposure through drinking water, visit our Drinking Water Safety page.

What Filters Remove Lead?

Home drinking water filtration systems can reduce or eliminate lead. Be sure to look for products certified by NSF/ANSI under Standard 53 for the removal of lead. Always follow the manufacturer's guidelines on the installation and maintenance of the product. Find products certified to remove lead through NSF International or Water Quality Association, or download a list of examples here (Open PDF).

Where can I Get a Water Filter to Remove Lead?

Drinking water filters certified to remove lead (look for NSF/ANSI Standard 53) are widely available at hardware and home goods stores, as well as online retailers.

The City of Milwaukee Health Department has partnered with Aquasana, an A.O. Smith company, to provide all residents of the Milwaukee area with a discount to purchase drinking water filters online. Visit Aquasana.com and enter the code "Milwaukee" to shop with the discount.

If you live in the city of Milwaukee and cannot afford a filter, you may be eligible for a one-time, free drinking water filter starter kit.

To be eligible for a one-time, free drinking water filter starter kit, you must:

  1. Be a city of Milwaukee resident

  2. Live in a home with a lead service line. Find out if you have a lead service line by looking up your address here or by calling Milwaukee Water Works Customer Service at (414) 286-2830.

In 2016, a limited supply of free drinking water filter starter kits were made available thanks to the support of United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County and the health system partners of the Milwaukee Health Care Partnership: Aurora Health Care, Ascension Wisconsin, Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin. Working with two community-based organizations, Social Development Commission and Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, the City of Milwaukee Health Department distributed filters to eligible families.

The 2016 drinking water filter starter kit distribution has ENDED. A limited supply of additional filter starter kits will be available to eligible households in 2017.