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Lead in Your Water

Ever since Flint, Michigan caught the world’s attention, communities around the Great Lakes region have been taking a closer look at their drinking water.

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Lead in Your Water

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From NPR: Check if you have lead pipes in your home
- by GLN Editor

NPR developed a tool to make it easier for you to check if your drinking water is at risk for lead exposure and what kinds of solutions are available to you if that’s the case. Follow the steps to learn more about the pipes in your home.

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Here is Great Lakes Now’s recent work about the issue of lead in drinking water:

Government watchdog: EPA slow to raise alarm in Benton Harbor water crisis
- by Bridge Michigan

Government auditors say EPA officials failed to follow a new “elevation policy” that’s meant to generate a stronger response to the most urgent environmental and public health threats.

Flint misses new deadline in long-overdue lead line replacement effort
- by Bridge Michigan

Advocates say the city has blown through a court-ordered May 1 deadline to figure out which Flint residents are still dealing with potholed yards and sidewalks, after work crews excavated lead service lines and left a mess behind.

U.S. Judge: Flint has 5 months to finish long-overdue lead pipe replacement
- by Bridge Michigan

The $97 million project was supposed to be done by 2020. Officials blame the pandemic, supply shortages and unreliable contractors for the delay.

Drinking Water News Roundup: Illinois EPA invests over $70M in drinking water projects, students receive funding for Ohio water quality research
- by GLN Editor

Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with drinking water in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Drinking Water News Roundup: New water infrastructure funding, projects, programs
- by GLN Editor

Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with drinking water in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Some cities could be left behind on lead pipe replacements
- by The Associated Press

In many cities, no one knows where the lead pipes lie underground.

Jury can’t reach verdict in engineers’ Flint water trial
- by The Associated Press

A judge declared a mistrial after jurors said they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict in a dispute over whether two engineering firms should bear some responsibility for Flint’s lead-contaminated water.

Drinking Water News Roundup: Lead levels increase in Flint water, businesses sued over water contamination concerns
- by Tynnetta Harris

Catch the latest updates on what’s happening with drinking water in Great Lakes Now’s biweekly headline roundup.

Jury gets Flint water case about liability for engineers
- by The Associated Press

Jurors heard closing arguments in the only trial to arise thus far from the Flint water crisis, a dispute over whether two engineering firms should be held partially responsible for the city’s lead contamination in 2014-15.

Court kills Flint water charges against ex-governor, others
- by The Associated Press

The Michigan Supreme Court threw out charges against former Gov. Rick Snyder and others in the Flint water scandal.

Mapping the Great Lakes: How old are our cities?
- by Alex Hill

Aging housing is prevalent all around the region, but in some cities the old infrastructure lingers more than in others.

Michigan Gov. Whitmer’s plan needs to move from aspiration to action, says Detroit climate advocate
- by Gary Wilson, Great Lakes Now

A priority shift is needed on federal and state levels to achieve climate goals, Michelle Martinez told Great Lakes Now.