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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.”
As California’s drought conditions are worsening, Nestle is pumping millions of gallons of water from the San Bernardino forest. State water officials have drafted a cease-and-desist order to force the company to stop overpumping from Strawberry Creek, which provides drinking water for about 750,000 people.
The ice-out date for Maine’s Lake Auburn is now three weeks earlier than it was two centuries ago, the Portland Press Herald reports, and other lakes across New England show similar trends. Climate change is not good for ice, and that includes Maine’s lakes that freeze over every winter.
Why This Matters: A disrupted winter with lakes that “defrost” earlier has multiple knock-on effects for freshwater: in addition to harming fish in lakes, the resulting large cyanobacteria algae blooms that form can be harmful to human health.
by Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer Drought conditions cover 85% of Mexico as lakes and reservoirs dry up across the country. Mexico City is experiencing its worst drought in 30 years, and the reservoirs and aquifers are so depleted that some residents don’t have tap water. The capital city relies on water pumped in from […]
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