Mayor Emanuel Says Not To Worry About Lead In City Drinking Water

Craig Dellimore
April 19, 2018 - 7:40 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Mayor Emanuel said despite news reports, the public shouldn’t be overly concerned about lead in the city’s drinking water. 

Concerns were raised by a Tribune story about lead concentrations in the city’s tap water being higher than that allowed in bottled water by the FDA. The Mayor told reporters Chicago’s water is safer than the federal standards for tap water.

"I from my own experience, both as a Congressman and the son of Dr. Emanuel, take seriously the health and peace of mind you have knowing that Chicago's standard for its water are higher than the national standards by the EPA," he said.

Some aldermen called for hearings on whether the city and state are violating federal water laws, but mayoral floor leader Alderman Patrick O’Connor used a parliamentary maneuver to send the request into a sort of limbo.