Send an urgent message to Mayor Johnson demanding the City accelerate the replacement of lead service lines and protect the health of residents!
Chicago has more lead service lines than any city in the country. Because of this, many of Chicago’s residents are at risk of exposure to lead, a dangerous neurotoxin which is most harmful to our children and can have multi-generational impacts.
This is an urgent crisis. There is no safe level of lead exposure. The longer Chicagoans wait for lead service lines to be replaced, the more families could be exposed to lead contamination and face life-threatening health risks.
The City of Chicago has a program intended to replace the city’s lead service lines, but progress has been extremely slow, with less than 500 of nearly 410,000 known lead service lines replaced by the end of 2022–less than one-tenth of one percent. This is unacceptable.
Newly-elected Mayor Johnson and his administration must act to make Chicago a more equitable city, where everyone can have safe water no matter where they live.