Flint’s Water Crisis Spurs Other Cities To Remove Lead Pipes

Some cash-strapped Midwest cities are removing aging lead water pipes. Chicago, which has the largest inventory of lead pipes, hasn’t tackled the problem. What can it learn from the cities that have?

DAVID GREENE, HOST: The Flint water crisis spurred dozens of cities across the country to start removing lead pipes. But some big cities, like Chicago, have resisted launching what is sure to be an expensive project. Monica Eng of member station WBEZ took a road trip to check out the innovative ways some cash-strapped cities are getting the job done.

MONICA ENG, BYLINE: If you thought the nation’s lead problem largely went away with Flint, Tom Neltner at the Environmental Defense Fund wants you to know this.

This story was supported in part by the Solutions Journalism Network. It is a part of the H2OFail project, an international collaboration of journalists from more than 25 countries covering water issues.