After the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, Greater Cincinnati Water Works customers are now being warned that a great portion of the city-owned service lines are made of lead which can leak into the city’s drinking water. Last week, the Cincinnati City Council’s Economic Growth and Infrastructure Committee voted to send letters to roughly 16,000 homeowners who could be in danger of lead poisoning.

When lead enters the human bloodstream, it can cause health and developmental problems, which especially affect infants and young children. The motion is an action taken by Councilman Christopher Smitherman. He was alarmed after Michigan’s story of countless people, including many children, being poisoned by lead-laced drinking water, and deaths caused by a bacterial infection known as Legionnaire’s disease. FULL REPORT