Chicago aldermen are calling for city council hearings about the elevated lead levels found in the drinking water at over a dozen local public schools.
The drinking water at 15 Chicago Public Schools have thus far tested positive for high lead levels, prompting questions from aldermen on what actions are being taken to safeguard schoolchildren from the highly toxic metal.
Members of the city council’s Progressive Reform Caucus expect to introduce a measure at next week’s council meeting to formally request the hearings.
“The goal of these hearings is to identify how this happened, what’s CPS doing to fix it, and what CPS leadership … what type of measures are they taking to make sure this type of action never happens again,” Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th) told reporters at a City Hall news conference.
The district is currently testing the water at schools built prior to 1986, which are more likely to have lead service lines. The district is also testing the water at schools with prekindergarten programs.