CHICAGO (CBS) — The city of Chicago is looking for volunteers who want their water tested for lead, but for this testing, don’t call the city, the city will call you.
It’s apparently an assumption in the industry, among those who know how water systems work; if you replace an old water main with a new one, then the houses it’s hooked up to will have higher lead levels.
However, Gary Litherland, spokesman for the Chicago Department of Water Management, said it’s an unproven assumption; not proven here or anywhere.
“There is a widespread suspicion in the industry, but it’s an assumption, and that’s the unfortunate part,” Litherland said. “Everybody’s taking the assumption of elevated lead levels due to construction, because it just seems to make sense, and we understand that, but a lot of things have been assumed that have been proven to be false.”