The need for clean, abundant, and reliable water resources tends to be taken for granted until shortages, flooding, or low water quality make the water unfit for its intended use. ON TO 2050 recommends strategies to protect and enhance the integrity of aquatic systems to ensure all residents have access to clean drinking water.
According to the Illinois EPA, more than 600,000 public service lines in the Chicago region are made of lead. A Chicago Tribune investigation reported that lead is found in nearly 70 percent of homes in the City of Chicago where drinking water is tested. This week, WBEZ reported on what other cities in the Midwest are doing to address lead service lines and key takeaways for Chicago. The article mentions best practices for funding and tips for decision makers from case studies in Detroit, Michigan; Gary, Indiana; and Cincinnati, Ohio.