Got this e-mail almost two weeks ago:
- Hi SCC: I know from reading the blog your main interest is in covering Police matters,however I had a thought that I'd like to share with you. The current situation in Flint MI concerning the tap water and the fact that every home is connected to the city water main via lead pipe. A move is afoot to replace ALL lead connections to ensure safe drinking water, guess what major city has the same lead connections?? If you said Chicago you get a shiny new dime. I think the media in the city is sitting on this fact. I am sure, as you are that the 9 1/2 fingered prick reads the blog each and every day, bringing this fact out on the blog would cause him to go into full blown panic mode.
This was from a veteran city employee - many decades of service - who recently retired. We filed it away to use, possibly in a sarcastic vein given the massive amount of lead that was, is and will continue to be flying through the air around town. Then this appeared in the Tribune yesterday:
- More than two years after federal researchers found high levels of lead in homes where water mains had been replaced or new meters installed, city officials still do little to caution Chicagoans about potential health risks posed by work that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is speeding up across the city.
In a peer-reviewed study, researchers at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found alarming levels of the brain-damaging metal can flow out of household faucets for years after construction work disrupts service lines that connect buildings to the city's water system. Nearly 80 percent of the properties in Chicago are hooked up to service lines made of lead.
The study also found the city's testing protocols — based on federal rules — are likely to miss high concentrations of lead in drinking water.
So lead poisoning seems to be a citywide issue - if it isn't flying through the air, it's flowing through your pipes.