Discounts available for water filter purchases
Which filters remove lead and other metals from water?
Home drinking water filtration systems can reduce or eliminate metals including lead. 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 Internationalor Water Quality Association, or download a list of examples here (Open PDF).
Where can I get a drinking water filter?
Drinking water filters, whether they are filter pitchers or under-the-counter systems that are certified to remove lead, (look for NSF/ANSI Standard 53) are widely available at hardware and home goods stores, as well as online retailers.
Please be aware City of Milwaukee and State of Wisconsin codes require a licensed plumber to install an under-the-counter filter or other filtration system that taps directly into both the city’s drinking water and sewer systems.
The City of Milwaukee Health Department has partnered with Aquasana, an A.O. Smith company, to provide Milwaukee area residents with a discount to purchase drinking water filters online. Visit Aquasana.com and enter the code "Milwaukee" to shop with the discount. Aquasana does not recycle its filters.
Kohler Company has arranged for a 25% discount for Milwaukee residents to purchase a filter at Kohler.com. Enter the Promo Code: AQUIFERMKE for products with SKUs:
Effective Dates: November 5, 2018 – December 31, 2019
Learn more about Kohler filters at Kohler.com/Filtration. The Aquifer® replacement water filter cartridges come with prepaid return shipping, making it quick and easy to return your used materials for recycling. The Kohler Co. filter recycling service is managed by a third party.
This video demonstrates how the KOHLER Aquifer Water Filtration System keeps your drinking water safe from common contaminants like chlorine, asbestos, lead, pharmaceuticals, and more.
Do I qualify for a free drinking water filter?
A limited supply of free drinking water filter starter kits are available for eligible families through community-based organizations including the Social Development Commission, Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers, and area Women, Infant and Children (WIC) programs.
If you live in the city of Milwaukee and cannot afford a filter, you may be eligible for a free drinking water filter starter kit while supplies last.
To be eligible for a one-time, free drinking water filter starter kit, you must:
- Be a City of Milwaukee resident
- 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.
- And have at least one of the following in the home: A child under age 6, pregnant or breastfeeding woman, or woman who may become pregnant.
For more information, call the City of Milwaukee Health Department at (414) 286-2165. Filters are available at the Health Department offices on the first floor of the Zeidler Municipal Building, 841 N. Broadway, Milwaukee.