Water Contamination

Reports show that 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.

Understand that consumption of lead through drinking water is fatal to the human body and mind.

PERRO was granted by The Great Lakes Alliance to distribute free water filters to the community of Pilsen.

PERRO tackles pollution problems in Pilsen, focusing on community controlled clean water solutions. The grant will help their work to reduce lead in drinking water by distributing water filters to households with an elevated risk of lead contamination in their tap water.

The EPA is coordinating with representatives from the City of Chicago Department of Public Health, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, Illinois Department of Public Health, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry on a number of projects in Chicago’s Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods to monitor and enforce air quality standards, oversee remediation projects, conduct site assessments, and establish and implement appropriate cleanup plans.

Here are some helpful reports created by the EPA regarding lead filled water in the Pilsen area.


Here is another report conducted by the EPA listing the precautionary measures before ingesting any form of water.


Here are some articles that are related to our main campaign of water lead contamination concerns.



Drinking Water Safety Concerns Presentation by David E Jacobs/Lozano Library