AP: Great Lakes states approve thirsty city's water pleaPosted Jun 21, 2016
CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Milwaukee city won a hard-fought battle Tuesday to draw its drinking water from Lake Michigan in the first test of a compact designed to safeguard the Great Lakes region's abundant but vulnerable fresh water supply.
A panel representing governors of the eight states adjoining the lakes unanimously approved a proposal from Waukesha, Wisconsin, which is under a court order to find a solution to radium contamination of its groundwater wells. The city says the... Read More »
Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: Every Illinois school should test its waterPosted Jun 13, 2016
To its credit, the Chicago Public Schools system is aggressively testing school water for the presence of lead following the crisis wracking Flint, Michigan.
Tests are being conducted on the drinking fountains, water coolers and faucets of every school in the nation’s third-largest school district, even though federal and state regulations don’t require it.
So far, 19 of 74 CPS schools with test results have been shown to have levels of lead from at least one water source that... Read More »
AP: House OKs measure to study lead in Illinois drinking waterPosted May 31, 2016
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Illinois House members have approved a plan that would require better monitoring of lead levels in state water supplies from the state’s Environmental Protection Agency.
The resolution requires the state agency to conduct a study of lead in Illinois drinking water and publish results online. The agency would present a final report to Gov. Bruce Rauner and the state Legislature by Dec. 31.
The House overwhelmingly approved the plan on Monday. The resolution... Read More »
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