- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago water management officials say the city will start testing tap water on streets where lead pipes connect homes to the public water supply.

The Chicago Tribune reports (https://trib.in/2aqeNTY ) that Chicago Department of Water Management officials said Monday that the agency will first ask volunteers to have their water tested before and after street mains are replaced.

Chicago officials say the city’s tap water is safe because chemicals are added that protectively coat lead pipes. However the city says bursts of lead can flow out of household taps.

Chicago Public Schools have so far found high levels of lead in dozens of schools. Testing started after the discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan’s water.

The brain development of young children can be impaired by small amounts of the metal.


Information from: Chicago Tribune, https://www.chicagotribune.com

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