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When it comes to drinking water, the Village of Woodridge is dedicated to providing water that is clean and safe for you to use.  The Village purchases treated drinking water from the DuPage Water Commission via the City of Chicago. Public Works insures the reliable delivery of that approximately 1 billion gallons of water annually to almost 9,500 residential and business customers throughout the community. The village's high standard of water compliance can be reviewed in detail in the current annual Water Quality Report produced by the village.

LEAD FACTS 
Woodridge, like all public distribution water systems, is required to test for lead in drinking water every three years.  
The testing done by the Village is done by collecting water directly from in the home.    The water quality report link contains information on the most recent lead and copper testing results.   

The lead levels, if any, are unique to each home primarily due to its plumbing materials, such as the presence of lead solder or brass faucets, fittings and valves that may contain lead, or if there is a lead service line.  By monitoring and adjusting pH levels, the City of Chicago Department of Water Management (DWM) reduces the corrosiveness of water. In addition, the City of Chicago DWM has an aggressive anti-corrosion program in which phosphates, a common food ingredient, are added to form a coating, preventing lead from leaching into the water. While the chemical treatments by the City of Chicago works to reduce the corrosion of pipes and the potential for the leaching of lead from those components, there are additional actions you can take to reduce the potential for exposure. 

 • Before using water for drinking or cooking, flush the cold water faucet by allowing the water to run until the water has become as cold as it will get (usually 2-3 minutes). Do this for any faucet used for drinking or cooking.

 • Never cook with or drink water from the hot-water tap. Hot water dissolves lead more quickly than cold water. So, do not use water taken from the hot tap for cooking or drinking and especially not for making baby formula.

 • Clean and remove any debris from faucet aerators to clear any particles of lead that may become trapped in the aerator.

 • Do not boil water to reduce lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.

 • Testing -  Since you cannot see, taste or smell lead dissolved in water, testing is a good way of telling whether or not lead is present. All of the testing conducted for the Village’s operations are done by a third party certified lab.  If you would like to test your water for lead, please contact a certified lab. The typical cost of lead analysis can range between $20 - $100 and specific steps are required in order to draw an accurate sample. The Illinois EPA maintains a list of environmental labs accredited to perform various types of water testing, including lead: http://www.epa.illinois.gov/topics/certification-training/lab-accreditation/accredited-labs/index 

• Identify your plumbing fixtures that contain lead and replace them with lead free fixtures.  A licensed plumber can help you confirm what components are in your home.   

• You may want to consider purchasing a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is certified to remove “total lead”, or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 or www.nsf.org for information on performance standards for water filters.
 

The Village is also committed to providing residents with as much educational information as possible to assist residents in reducing exposure to lead in drinking water. For additional information, you may also visit www.epa.gov/safewater/lead, from  the  EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline (800) 426-4791, or the American Water Works Association DrinkTap website at www.drinktap.orgIf you have any questions, please contact us at the Village at 630-719-4753.   

 
WATER QUALITY REPORT 
The Village of Woodridge Water Quality Report contains lead & copper testing and compliance as well.  The testing done by the Village is done by collecting water directly from in the home.  Lead & copper comes from internal plumbing such as older brass faucets or if there is a lead service line.  A licensed plumber can help you confirm what components are in your home.  There are other steps you can take as precautionary measures including purchasing a certified water filter to remove lead, making sure you flush out the lines in your home after a period of stagnation in order to get fresh water that is coming from the water main in the street, and avoiding consumption of water from the hot water tap where lead is more likely to be present.  You can find more guidance at www.drinktap.org.
 
(Water Quality Report Archive)


Parkway Repairs
If any damage occurs to your driveway apron or parkway due to a water main break, the Public Works Department will restore the area(s). Repairs will be made as soon as possible. If an area is excavated during the winter, restoration will be done in early spring when materials are available and weather conditions improve.

Water questions and concerns may be directed to the Public Works Department at 630-719-4753.

Preserving Every Drop -Water Conservation
For additional information on ways to conserve the most precious resource we have, water, check out Preserving Every Drop, the website developed to promote the DuPage Water Commission’s Water Conservation and Protection Program (WCAPP). The purpose of the WCAPP is to provide all water users in DuPage County with a consistent message about water conservation and provide DWC customers with the tools needed to be good stewards of our finite water supply. The program’s overall goal is to achieve a 10% reduction in water use per person within 10 years.

View the Chicago Water Department News Release / Pharmaceuticals.