Pittsburgh: "Of the 3,057 homes that were tested [in Pittsburgh communities], 43.4 percent had some level of detectable lead; 11.3 percent had levels over the EPA’s 15 ppb action limit; 70 of those came in at 30 ppb or above. The 15 ppb limit is not a threshold for public health and no amount of lead is safe for human consumption." NEXT Pittsburgh.
Butler, Pennsylvania: "The Butler Area School District put Summit Elementary School students at serious risk by concealing for months that its water supply contained dangerous amounts of lead, according to a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday." Tribune-Review.
Arizona: "Water at Killip Elementary School in Flagstaff tests above lead threshold," Arizona Daily Sun.
California: "Drinking water shut off at San Ysidro schools due to high lead, copper, bacteria," ABC 10 News.
New York: "Water lead levels in Bronx school 'higher than Flint, Michigan'," RT.
Wisconsin: A Republican state senator has introduced legislation that will put the financial burden of replacing lead-contaminated water pipes on the middle-class & poor (Water Online). This is typical of Republican policymakers. Instead of taxing the super-wealthy more, they push for regressive revenue systems, e.g., higher utility rates and higher sales taxes (see my recent blog post, "Right-wing economics meets infrastructure. Result: Crumbling roads & bridges, as well as higher costs for the middle-class & poor").
Milwaukee: This Wisconsin city has instituted a plan to force homeowners to shoulder the cost of replacing lead water lines and, if they're too poor to do so, they may be fined. "The owners pay a maximum of $1600, and can spread those payments over 10 years, on their property tax bills... The new city ordinance contains a fine for unresponsive homeowners..." (Milwaukee Public Radio). Once again, we see the punishment the middle-class & poor must endure, after decades of tax-breaks-for-the-rich and trickle-down economics has left our infrastructure in tatters. But billionaires? Oh, they're having a good laugh over all this, especially since they're enjoying record wealth. And the fact that 160 million Americans don't have enough money to "treat a broken arm" (Business Insider), doesn't faze them a bit. In fact, it makes them laugh even harder: "Make the little people pay for it anyway" they giggle to their political marionettes in legislatures across the nation.