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Virginia Tech researchers are sounding new alarms about lead in Chicago’s water.
Tests they performed this summer on the South Side show that about a third of the tested homes delivered water with more lead than would be allowed in bottled water, according to results announced Monday at Nat King Cole Park in the Chatham neighborhood.
But the tests also showed another disturbing trend: Lead levels in many homes got higheras the water ran for up to three minutes.
In fact, the study found that after three minutes of running water, Chicago has more lead on average than Flint, Mich., during its 2015 water crisis.