Chicago please help change the lead poisoning risk if you really care about our health!

Chicago please help change the lead poisoning risk if you really care about our health!

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Shayna Miller started this petition to Lori Lightfoot Mayor of Chicago

Our goal is to make every resident of Chicago to feel safe in their homes. We want to make sure that when people are drinking tap water from their homes that they are not getting lead poisoning. We don't want people to be afraid of drinking their own water. We also want to make sure that old lead paint is not causing poisonous air in peoples homes. We want the city of Chicago to improve its policy and resources to help more people avoid lead poisoning. 


The main resource of lead information the city should improve is its information about Chicago’s buildings. When compared to other cities' resources for their residents, Chicago only has a list of general recommendations whereas other cities or towns, such as Evanston, have a map with more specific information about buildings with lead in them. The city of Chicago should improve its available resources to make them more closely matched to Evanston's resources. In addition, Chicago should add on to the resources already available by doing things like listing the age of the building itself, the age of its infrastructure such as pipes, what the service lines are made of, or giving a detailed guide for choosing the best pipes based on cost, safety, etc. 

Another thing the city can do to improve its online lead poisoning resources is to strengthen its partnerships with health agencies. The city can work with agencies such as the CDC and EPA to create more helpful data charts and information pages to allow the people of Chicago to have access to information from health agencies.

 

Check out the Evanston lead poisoning resources verses Chicago's lead poisoning resources. Here you will find that Evanston has a very detailed map of buildings with lead available to residents, whereas Chicago has no comparable resource. Overall, Evanston's public resources make lead poisoning a lower risk for the citizens than Chicago. 


https://evanston.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=4da43f5f440d46cc8c330c69666e99fe 


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https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/cdph/supp_info/healthy-homes/childhood_lead_poisoningpreventionandhealthyhomesprogram1.html 

 

 
 

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