Chicago Going to Remove Lead Pipes

Finally. I don’t know how they plan to pay for it, there it is.

Chicago, the last big American city to require water pipes made of brain-damaging lead, is now the last one beginning to rip toxic pipes out of the ground.

Under plans shared Wednesday with the Chicago Tribune, the Department of Water Management envisions a long and costly effort to protect Chicagoans from a widespread public health threat that remained largely hidden for decades.

Initial work will be modest compared with the scope of the dangers. Next year the city estimates it will replace only 750 of the roughly 400,000 lead service lines connecting homes to street mains, according to slides prepared by the water department.

Yet the new program from Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s administration is the latest example of a shifting mindset at City Hall, where mayors and aldermen resisted changes to Chicago’s plumbing code until Congress outlawed lead water pipes in 1986.

Former city officials — up to and including Mayor Rahm Emanuel — also denied for years that anyone could be harmed just by drawing a glass of water from their household faucet.

2 Responses to Chicago Going to Remove Lead Pipes

  1. dad29 says:

    How will they pay?

    Some ideas:  1) Sell the Chicago Bulls to Tuscaloosa.  2)  Sell all the city streets to Dutch investors and allow tolls.  3)  Close up the cop shop, top-to-bottom.  4)  Sell the Bears to……..uhhhnnnhhh…..never mind.  5)  Have the Feds pay for it if there is ever another Democrat ruling group out there.

  2. MjM says:

    … or just double the water fees again, like Emmanuel did. (Some of which went to prop up the city pension fund.)

    Note in the article the use of adding meters is “for conservation”. Ha ha ha. Good one!

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