Brain-damaging lead in tap water, hundreds of homes across Chicago

Brain-damaging lead found in tap water in hundreds of homes tested across Chicago, results show

After city testing found high lead levels in the tap water in her Chicago home, Jenny Abrahamian decided to install a whole-house water filtration system and an additional reverse-osmosis filter for her kitchen sink. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Amid renewed national attention to the dangers of lead poisoning, hundreds of Chicagoans have taken the city up on its offer of free testing kits to determine if they are drinking tap water … [more…]

Flint Activist LeeAnne Walters Wins Major Environmental Prize

Flint Activist Wins Major Environmental Prize

LeeAnne Walters, a recipient of the Goldman Environmental Prize, was key in exposing the crisis of lead-laced water in Flint, Mich. A Flint activist who worked to expose the Michigan city’s lead crisis is being hailed as an environmental hero.

She’s one of the winners of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize. The honor, announced on Monday, recognizes grass-roots environmental activists from around the world. Shortly after the city of Flint … [more…]

Chicago Tap Water Tested Positive for Brain Damaging Lead

photo: city workers. Chicago’s Tap Water Tested Positive For Brain Damaging Lead

Water upgrades (Cheryl Corley/NPR)

A severe amount of poisonous lead was located in the water of nearly 70% of Chicago homes and endanger the lives of countless residents. Around 70 percent of the 2,797 Chicago homes tested during the last two years had a high amount of lead.

According to an analysis report conducted by the Chicago Tribune, the tap water in 3 of every 10 homes evaluated had lead … [more…]

Lead found in hundreds of Chicago homes’ tap water, report says

photo: Lead found in hundreds of Chicago homes' tap water, report says

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(CNN) Toxic lead was found in tap water drawn from nearly 70% of 2,797 homes across Chicago within the past two years, according to a Chicago Tribune analysis of results from the tested water. The daily newspaper published a report on that analysis Thursday. Tap water in three of every 10 homes included in the analysis had lead concentrations


Drinking Water — World Health Organization

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Key facts

  • In 2015, 71% of the global population (5.2 billion people) used a safely managed drinking-water service – that is, one located on premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.
  • 89% of the global population (6.5 billion people) used at least a basic service. A basic service is an improved drinking-water source within a round trip of 30 minutes to collect water.
  • 844 million people lack even a