Understanding The Risks Of Lead In Chicago’s Water

Water Fountain at Lincoln Park
The water at a fountain near the elephant house in Lincoln Park Zoo contained lead at 78.7 ppb-- more than five times that federal standard. Terence Faircloth / Flickr
Water Fountain at Lincoln Park
The water at a fountain near the elephant house in Lincoln Park Zoo contained lead at 78.7 ppb-- more than five times that federal standard. Terence Faircloth / Flickr

Understanding The Risks Of Lead In Chicago’s Water

Water fountains in more than 60 public schools in Chicago have tested positive for elevated levels of lead in the most recent study by CPS. And this week, we learned of elevated lead levels in some Chicago Park District water fountains. But exactly how dangerous is lead in our water, and what can we do about it?

Morning Shift talks to Dr. David Jacobs from the National Center for Healthy Housing to find out what Chicago families should know in the face of stories of lead in some of the city’s water.