Lead can be found in pipes, faucets, and interior plumbing fixtures and materials. Routine water testing is an important and necessary action to ensure the safety of our drinking water.
As part of our commitment to ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff, CPS tests water in our schools and facilities. The testing schedule was developed based on criteria that includes the age of the school, age of the students (with priority given to schools with pre-K programs), presence of a kitchen (where meals are prepared), and presence of pipes that could need repairs or replacement.
In 2016, CPS began the first round of our districtwide water testing program out of an abundance of caution to ensure water in our facilities met all federal, state, and local regulations. CPS collaborated with the Chicago Department of Water Management (CDWM) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to establish testing procedures and protocols that help ensure the quality of potable water in schools.
In addition to meeting state requirements, CPS also took the additional step to test water quality on an ongoing basis, and began a second round of comprehensive testing program starting in spring 2019 through the end of the 2022 school year.
Results of lead tests will be routinely posted on this page.
Round 1 - SY2016-SY2018
Round 2 - SY2019-SY2022