More than 70,000 City of Milwaukee homes that have toxic lead laterals connected to the City’s freshwater water main will most likely lose selling value in the home buying market.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
September 8, 2016
Milwaukee, WI – On Thursday, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett didn’t commit to removing all toxic lead laterals from 70,000 homes, but told residents in a press conference that they should let drinking water run for 6 minutes to clear any lead content from lead laterals and also to use water filters, which could possibly remove lead content from City home faucet drinking water.
Milwaukee tested twice as much in lead poisoning in 2014 than Flint, Michigan in 2015. In 2014, 8.6 percent of children tested in Milwaukee for lead poisoning were diagnosed positive compared to 4.9 percent of children tested that were diagnosed for lead poisoning in Flint, Michigan in 2015.
So, the Milwaukee test result indicates that the phosphate added to the water to provide a layer to prevent particles of lead from getting into the drinking water isn’t working.
In others words, the City toxic lead laterals connected to homes built before 1952 will most likely continue to lead poison the children and renters including home owners should take their children to the City Health Department for a lead poisoning test.
Mayor Barrett did confirm that street construction does cause for lead particles to separate from phosphate treated lead laterals and get into the drinking water, according to City tests.
Home realtors and home owners who sell homes with lead laterals connected to the City’s water main should list them as such on the market to warn home buyers of the potential lead poisoning health risk to their children, if they purchase a home in Milwaukee.
The following Milwaukee Southside Aldermanic Districts are among seven with the most toxic lead laterals in homes.
• Aldermanic District 15 – Alderman Tony Zielinski, toxic lead laterals in district 6,089
• Aldermanic District 12 – Alderman José G. Pérez, toxic lead laterals in district 5,585
• Aldermanic District 10 – Alderman Michael Murphy, toxic lead laterals in district 9,166
• Aldermanic District 8 – Alderman Bob Donovan, toxic lead laterals in district 6,361
Total toxic lead laterals located in Milwaukee’s Southside 27,201
Find City of Milwaukee properties with lead pipe laterals by address at http://goo.gl/poY5yv
A Southside Town Hall meeting will take place to discuss the lead poisoning health risk crisis and the removal of all toxic lead laterals from Milwaukee homes. Public meeting at UMOS, 2701 S. Chase Ave., from 6p.m. to 8p.m. on Thursday, September 29, 2016 in Milwaukee, WI.