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As the activists’ lawsuit argues, for years city officials claimed that the estimated 400,000 lead service lines connecting homes to the water main were not a serious problem, according to NPR. But the activists persisted fighting city hall, citing evidence of high levels of lead in the water of some homes and inadequate testing procedures to track lead in Chicago water. This fix is not cheap. NRP stated that the “estimated costs for lead service line replacement average around $6,000 per house and because of the dense infrastructure of Chicago the replacement of these pipes might cost as much as $8 and $10 billion to complete. Chicago’s water commissioner Randy Conner told NPR, “We are quite sure we will be able to put a program together that will be satisfactory to the citizens of Chicago because, as always, our big concern is water quality and safety of the water program.”
By Elizabeth Love, ODP Contributing Writer Authorities in the Canadian Arctic territory Nunavut, announced a state of emergency this week due to a possible contamination event affecting the City of Iqaluit’s water supply. Tests were performed after residents reported the smell of gasoline coming from their tap water, but they came back clean. However, […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer For 40 million people living in the Western US, the Colorado River basin is their source of water supply and last month, the federal government declared a water shortage on the river for the first time. Within the basin, Thirty Native tribes have recognized rights to more than one-fifth […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer As water shortages continue to grow in the West, with the Colorado River drying up and the country’s two largest reservoirs at record lows, desalination — the process of taking salt out of salt water — could make ocean water drinkable. And it’s increasingly becoming part of the water […]
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