New Installed Meters and the Potential Risks of Lead Contamination in your Water Supply

New Installed Meters and the Potential Risks of Lead Contamination in your Water Supply

Hola Companeros 

Questions/Comments ?  Or how to get involved:

As you all are aware of there has been wide array of  lead contamination in the area that have recently been detected. These contaminated areas  not only been exclusively present in soil  as in the Sangamon Corridor but it has also been been identified in the water supply of the area. This article will incorporate  reports highlighting the contamination issue,  the detrimental impacts of lead exposure, as well as in providing the certified tools and techniques  for curtailing the lead present in your water supply.

As for the recent research conducted by the EPA, it  displays and recapitulates  the potential contamination of drinking water in the area  due to the new water meter installments in Chicago, especially in the Pilsen community. This informed  statement has originally been emphasized through a  The Chicago Tribune report called City fails to warn Chicagoans about lead risks in tap water”.  This report highlighted the  city’s officials negligence to notify community members about how “80%  of the properties in Chicago are hooked up to service lines made of lead”.  These are not the only potential hazards of being exposed for they have also found that the city has been utilizing defective  testing methods for testing  lead.

Apart from cautioning you about the potential lead contamination in the Chicago Area, it is also paramount that you understand the detrimental  impacts of being lead poisoned..

According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),  lead is known to cause an assortment of health problems that can range from abdominal pain, constipation, depression, irritability, and can lead to other health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, kidney disease, and reduced fertility if the exposure is prolonged.

Questions/Comments ?  Or how to get involved: 

One of the  precautionary methods that you can take in  preventing  further lead poisoning is by using water filters to treat your drinking water.The NSF has been helpful in that it has been providing the  public with recommended and certified leaf filters to successfully decrease the lead present in your drinking water.

The NSF recommended  water treatment  filters  range  as follows:

Pour-through pitcher/carafe

Faucet mount

Counter-top connected to sink faucet

Plumbed in to separate tap or to kitchen sink

Reverse Osmosis

-”NSF/ANSI 58 – this standard covers reverse-osmosis (RO) systems that use reverse pressure to reduce a wide variety of contaminants through a semi-permeable membrane. These types of systems will often also include carbon pre and/or post-filters.”- Water Quality Association

When in the selecting process of water filters, it will also be important to note that a treatment filter will vary due to the technology as well as in installation location in your home. You can select water treatment  systems selections based on these distinct factors listed in this website:

Once the preferred filters are installed it  is also important to note the service cycles or the amount of time that these products need to be changed.   The change cycles should also vary depending on the level of contamination in water that you are treating.  The filters should also contain details on the filter capacity that might affect the change cycles.

If you are looking for a specific to identify if your water filter product is certified confirm in the NSF website below:

Some of the certified water filter products brands range as follows:

Aquasana, Inc.

Austin Springs

Doulton Water Filters

There are also many more brand products that you can verify in the NSF consumer guide website below!

 Visual Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System:

For a  free and simple-to-use water quality test kit to determine if your water is contaminated with lead you can  access the  Chicago Water Quality website below:

Resources that can assist you further:

        U.S. EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline   


                                          Phone: 1-800-426-4791

               NSF International



                                       Phone: 1-800-673-8010

For more Lead Poisoning Prevention Tips you can also access the City of Chicago’s website listed below:

Hasta Luego Amigos!


Christina Vi   

30 day public comment period on July 20th Consent Decree/Enbridge Energy/Romeoville,IL Spills

For Immediate Release: No. 16-OPA029

There will be a 30 day public comment period on the consent decree lodged today. Information on how to comment on the consent decree will be available in the Federal Register and on the Department of Justice’s website:

CHICAGO (July 20, 2016) –U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Justice today announced a settlement with Enbridge Energy Limited Partnership and several related Enbridge companies to resolve claims stemming from its 2010 oil spills in Marshall, Mich. and Romeoville, Ill. Enbridge has agreed to spend at least $110 million on a series of measures to prevent spills and improve operations across nearly 2,000 miles of its pipeline system in the Great Lakes region. Enbridge will also pay civil penalties totaling $62 million for Clean Water Act violations — $61 million for discharging at least 20,082 barrels of oil in Marshall and $1 million for discharging at least 6,427 barrels of oil in Romeoville.
In addition, the proposed settlement will resolve Enbridge’s liability under the Oil Pollution Act, based on Enbridge’s commitment to pay over $5.4 million in unreimbursed costs incurred by the government in connection with cleanup of the Marshall spill, as well as all future removal costs incurred by the government in connection with that spill. Today’s settlement includes an extensive set of specific requirements to prevent spills and enhance leak detection capabilities throughout Enbridge’s Lakehead pipeline system – a network of 14 pipelines spanning nearly 2,000 miles across seven states. Enbridge must also take major actions to improve its spill preparedness and emergency response programs. Under the settlement, Enbridge is also required to replace close to 300 miles of one of its pipelines, after obtaining all necessary approvals. Enbridge’s Lakehead System delivers approximately 1.7 million barrels of oil in the United States each day.

“This settlement will make the delivery of our nation’s energy resources safer and more environmentally responsible,” said Assistant Attorney General John C. Cruden for the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division. “It requires Enbridge to take robust measures to improve the maintenance and monitoring of its Lakehead pipeline system, protecting lakes, rivers, land and communities across the upper midwest, as well as pay a significant penalty.”

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Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) Hearing Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) Hearing

Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – 9:00am to 8:00pm
US EPA Region 5 Office, Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building
77 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be holding a public hearing on the proposed design details for the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) of the Clean Power Plan (CPP) on Wednesday, August 3rd.

The Clean Power Plan (CPP), establishes limits on carbon emissions from power plants to address climate change.  As part of the CPP,  the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) encourages states to take early action to reduce carbon pollution by investing in renewable energy projects, particularly in economically challenged areas. The EPA needs feedback from the public on several questions, including how “low-income” communities should be defined in the program, and whether renewable energy projects in “low-income” communities should be eligible for double credits.

This is the only hearing that will be taking place in the nation, and it will be right here in Chicago.

If you would like to offer oral testimony at the hearing, please complete the EPA’s Registration Form.

Please note that the hearing will be held in a federal building and you will need to bring a driver’s license or government-issued ID to enter. Additional information about parking and directions can be found on the EPA’s website about this hearing.

July 9th 2016 Saturday-Oil Train: The Routes, The Rail Yards-A Field Trip–10am

On July 9, 2016 Saturday join us to stop oil trains in Chicago!

Please RSVP ASAP if you’re interested in attending Tom via email at


Please arrive by 9:45am! – Look for yellow school bus at Cermak & Peoria. Ample street parking; or near bus stops and Orange Line. Pack a lunch. $10 covers our cost of the bus
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This event will be hosted by Tom Shepherd with participation by STAND, Railroad Workers United, Frack Free Illinois, ChiOilByRail, Chicago Greens, and Chicago Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke

Oil companies and government are making decisions on new oil train terminals at refineries across the country. But, wherever Big Oil tries to expand, communities across the US and Canada are organizing, and winning.