Local News Media has covered this topic very recently, including some of the plans to test water for lead and resources available for Chicago residents in the wake of these concerns:
From ABC 7 News:
At a recent meeting with area Property Managers and our Alderman, Harry Osterman, we discussed this topic. The Alderman told us that concerns about service lines for most high rises are not as serious as those for single family homes or very old buildings throughout the City. However, we were given a contact with the City of Chicago Water Department, where we could schedule testing for buildings such as Park Tower.
We have contacted the Water Department and were told the waiting time for such testing is 2 to 3 months minimum. I am still waiting for a date, and also exploring other options.
In the interim, I was given a couple simple suggestions for anyone who has concerns:
1) Use filters in the kitchen
2) Clean out the faucet aerators at least once/month
In Michigan, as I understand it, they are using the following filters, all certified for lead reduction in accordance with industry standards (NSF/ANSI 53 – Drinking Water Treatment Unit Standard for Health Effects):
· Brita Faucet Filtration System, model number SAFF-100 (in white, black or chrome),
· The PUR Faucet Mount, model number FM-3700B, and
· The ZeroWater® 23-Cup Dispenser, model number ZD-018
As the City and CPS conduct their planned testing as described in the ABC 7 report above, more information may come to light. As this process unfolds, we will keep our eyes on any concerns that arise relative to high rises and water service in our neighborhood.