Because of all that is going on in Flint, Michigan, people in Chicago have been testing their water via free lead-testing kits that were distributed by the thousands. That being said, the results that were brought in have been damning.
A Chicago Tribune analysis of the results of these tests showed that lead was found in water drawn from about seventy percent of the almost three thousand homes that were tested over the course of the past two years. Basically, tap water in about one of every ten homes had lead above 5 parts per billion, which is over the maximum allowed in bottled water by the US FDA. The amount of toxic metal found in these samples was quite alarming.
While Mayor Rahm Emanuel has put out a plan to replace 880 miles of the city’s water mains, it leaves the people responsible to replace lead service lines that connect the mains to their actual taps. You see, up until 1987 Chicago required that all service lines to single-family homes and small apartment building be made of lead pipe. Yet, they are the ones who now have to pay to have them replaced?
Not to mention, these lead pipes can and most likely will shake loose the protective coating on the pipes that are meant to keep the lead from seeping into tap water causing more of an issue. In current times, the water in Chicago exceeds standards set by the EPA for clean and safe drinking water.
According to Chicago Tribune residents have been adviced as follows:
City and EPA officials advise that residents can protect themselves by flushing household plumbing for three to five minutes when water hasn’t been used for several hours. But in one of five Chicago homes tested since January 2016, the Tribune analysis found, samples contained high levels of lead after water had been running for three minutes.
Even after water had been running for five minutes, 9 percent of the homes tested had lead levels above the FDA’s bottled water standard.
Prompted by concerns raised by the water crisis in Flint, Mich., and an EPA study of Chicago homes published in 2013, the city water department began distributing lead-testing kits to residents on request. The kits included three sample bottles: one for water drawn after household taps have not been used for at least six hours, another for a sample collected after three minutes and the third after five minutes.
Block-level results are posted on a city-sponsored website that hadn’t been updated in more than six months before the Tribune began asking questions about the testing kits.
As you can see, there is not much being done about this issue and even now the people in Flint have all but been forgotten as they have been without clean drinking water for several YEARS now. And while officials claim their crisis is over, most are not convinced. Could this become the same situation? It sure does sound like it. For the longest, these results were not even released as it seems covering things up and pushing things off is all that our =government can do.
That in itself is a whole new ballpark. This is a much bigger issue than you think. What is going on?
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