Chicago Residents Water Contaminated; Filing Lawsuit Against the City

While in Flint, MI the people are suffering, yet their Governor Rick Synder still roams freely. The state of Michigan has said it will spend $28 million on “solving” this crisis. Disgusting Governor has promised to place more funds towards the people of Flint in his upcoming budget proposal.

Money spending has been proposed to be used to buy extra bottles of water and to buy filters and similar systems to watch and track any “developmental  delays” in young kids.The major disaster the lead water has produced has gone ignored and unheard for too long. Now, however, that is about to change as Flint will be included as part of an emergency bill.

As I’ve noted  before in many posts, tragically Flint is not the only place in America where this sort of greedy abuse by the government can be found. Coming in next to Flint (yet receiving none of the media’s attention) is the people of Chicago against the city of Chicago for not informing anyone what-so-ever that their water had been contaminated and that for the past 8 years at least residents of the city were drinking lead contaminated water.

There has to be

a reason the residents weren’t given warnings or assistance. It sickly reminds me of the tests the American government -especially the CIA- did on unsuspecting, innocent people. Who is to say that has stopped? I have no proof that this is going on, it just stands to reason that we should take in and consider any methods of attack, I believe.

What does the government say? Local authorities say it was due to pipe maintenance.

“…city projects have been contaminating residents’ drinking water with lead and the City has been doing nothing to address the problem.”

Chicago residents claim the only information they received was in September 2013 with one leaflet which advised those living in Chicago of the new pipes, telling them to run their tap for three-five minutes to clean out any “sediment and metals” in the water.

Repost from site I’ve now forgotten, if you know where the following was originally posted please do let me know. But here is more information on Chicago residents current plight.

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In replacing the pipes, the anti-corrosion material coating the old lead pipes was reportedly disturbed, leading to the leakage of lead into the water.

The plaintiffs are suing the City for compensatory damages, including the establishment of a trust fund to pay for the medical monitoring of those affected, full replacement of lead to copper pipes and legal fees.

The lawsuit, which was filed on 18 February in the Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois, claimed that nearly 80 per cent of Chicago properties get drinking water via “outdated, brittle lead pipes” built in the 1800s.

Dr Marc Edwards, the researcher at Viriginia Tech university who exposed the water pollution in Flint, Michigan, has claimed that drinking Chicago tap water is

“like a game of Russian roulette”.

One of the plaintiffs, Yuri Ropiy, experienced “heart-attack like” symtpoms – shortness of breath and fluctuating blood pressure – during and after the city carried out major works near his home. His wife Tatjana Blxotkevic said she believes the symptoms were as a result of the polluted water.

“It’s the kind of thing you just assume – that your tap water is safe to drink and that your city has done its due diligence to prevent a health hazard like toxic levels of lead,” she said in a statement.

Prosecutor Steve Berman of Hagens Berman said the amount of lead poisoning among Chicago children living in older homes is several hundred per cent higher than children living in similar homes in other cities.

“It’s simply unacceptable that the city would act with such recklessness and negligence, and we hope to bring swift action to help these forgotten residents maintain a basic right – clean drinking water,” he said.

A City of Chicago spokesperson sent a statement to The Independent via email:

“While we have not yet reviewed the lawsuit, Chicago’s water is safe and exceeds federal, state and industry standards. The Department of Water Management provides the cleanest, best tasting water possible; aggressive programs that protect our water supply from lead and thorough testing methods allow us to continually achieve this goal.”

My worry is if anyone will pay attention… I suppose it’s really down to the people to demand attention. This isn’t just happening with lead water, nor is it only happening in Flint and Chicago, I’m very sad to say. We need to fight back and demand attention along with justice for these people and then move on to the ‘forgotten’ or  cases the government has tried -successfully so- to hide from media and most activists. It’s time that changes…

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