Water Filters

All of North Shore's public drinking water meets current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards for water quality and is regularly tested. You can find more information about North Shore's water treatment here.

Do I need a water filter?

In the North Shore, our drinking water is treated to reduce the risk of lead getting into our drinking water, but some older homes still have lead pipes, called service lines, that bring water into their homes, or pipes made of lead inside their homes. The North Shore Health Department recommends that families who live in homes with lead service lines and who have children under the age of 6, pregnant women, women who are planning to become pregnant, and breastfeeding women in the home take additional steps to further reduce their risk of lead exposure, including using a drinking water filter certified to remove lead. This is especially important for infants who drink formula made with tap water.

To find out if your home has a lead service line contact your village or city hall or call a certified plumber. 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. All water filtration systems have filters that need to be replaced regularly to ensure optimal performance. Make sure to check your filters recommendations on when or how often to replace your filter. Find products certified to remove lead through NSF International or Water Quality Association.