CHICAGO (CBS) — A total of 180,000 Chicago homes don’t have water meters – which means their bills are guesstimates.Chicago Weather: Frostbite Risk Within 30 Minutes Of Exposure As Wind Chills Drop Below Zero
To put in a meter, homeowners cannot have lead pipes delivering the water. Last year, the city promised to begin replacing those lead service lines for free.READ MORE: CTA Blue Line Service Temporarily Suspended Between Milwaukee Avenue And LaSalle Street Due To Medical Emergency
Flash forward to now – it hasn’t started.
Despite the fact that the Equity Lead Service Line Replacement program hasn’t started, the city is already expanding it to include any single-family or two-flat homeowner, with kids under 18 at home and an income under $74,550.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Wind Chill Advisory In Effect Wednesday Morning
But get this – once the program starts, it will only replace 600 service lines a year. A total of 180,000 customers need meters.