“Brain-damaging” amounts of lead have been found in tap water in hundreds of homes across the city of Chicago, according to a new report.
According to the results of the tests, 70% of the 2,797 homes tested positive for lead. About 3 in 10 homes had concentrations above the maximum allowed by the FDA. According to the Mayor’s office, city code puts the burden of replacing the lead pipes that cause lead tainting.
Lead is unsafe to consume at any level, according to the EPA and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ingesting minuscule concentrations can permanently damage the developing brains of children and contribute to heart disease, kidney failure, and other health problems.