Consuming Tap Water Under the Advisory
USEPA recommends a number of steps to reduce lead in drinking water including flushing your water before drinking, cleaning your faucet aerator, and using cold water for drinking and cooking. You can flush your home’s pipes by running the tap, taking a shower, doing laundry, or doing a load of dishes. Additionally, if you use a filter, proper installation and maintenance of filters is important to ensure filter effectiveness in reducing lead levels. EPA recommends following the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure proper filter use. Even if water contains lead, because your skin does not absorb it from water, uses such as washing hands, bathing, and washing dishes are still safe for children and adults.
Citizens of University Park can consume your tap water, if you take the following steps first:
Click below to view the regulatory guidance from the
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
Run your cold tap for 2-3 minutes when water has sat stagnant in internal plumbing, and
filter cold tap water through faucet or pitcher filters that are certified to remove lead before consuming tap water.
Making Progress in Your Community
Our water sampling results show the community’s water quality is improving. We continue to work collaboratively with regulators and the nation’s leading water chemistry experts since discovering elevated lead levels in some University Park homes in June.
If you remain under the advisory, please continue regularly using your tap water to keep this process moving as quickly as possible.
As we work together toward a resolution, we remain committed to keeping you informed and doing all we can to be a good community partner. We appreciate your ongoing cooperation and patience.
This video includes progress updates and important information for those who are under the advisory.
Latest Community Update:
June 30, 2020
We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy.
As we approach Independence Day this Saturday, if you are under the advisory in University Park, we want to remind you that the distribution center will be closed in observance of the national holiday. If you would like to pick up resources, we will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, July 1, and will reopen on Monday, July 6.
As we continue to work on a solution in the community, we encourage all who remain under the advisory to keep regularly using your tap water by running cold water from the kitchen sink an extra 30 minutes every day. This will help the treatment fully coat your home’s pipes and resolve the situation. Testing results show that homes with higher water use tend to have lower lead levels.
For the latest information, please continue to visit WaterFactsIL.com or call 877.987.2782 with questions.
As always, we appreciate your patience and cooperation and wish you and your family a Happy 4th of July.
Previous Community Updates:
To receive faucet and pitcher filters, filter replacements, bottled water or one-gallon jugs of water, please visit the Aqua Distribution Center, where a member of our team will load resources directly into your vehicle.
Address: Aqua Distribution Center
24650 S. Western Ave.
University Park, IL. 60484
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*Closed on national holidays
As always, we ask that you bring a State ID or Aqua bill as proof of residence.
Click the link below for COVID-19 Updates.
Call the Aqua Customer Service Center at 877.987.2782 to:
Coordinate home deliveries if you are homebound or physically unable to pick up resources at the distribution center. Be sure to call by Friday each week to receive a home delivery the next week. Home water deliveries will take place on Tuesdays and include up to four cases of bottled water or 12 one-gallon jugs for the week.
Request water sample kits.
Request more information.
We thank you for your patience as we continue building on our progress until this is resolved.