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Cincinnati warns 16,000 residents their water is likely contaminated with lead... while the EPA remains totally silent


(NaturalNews) 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.

"I think this is a good first step to notify property owners of the risk no matter how small the risk," Smitherman said, as reported by Cincinnati.com. He further notes that the government and Water Works should act to protect the citizens and assist families who might not be able to afford replacement of their lead pipes, which costs roughly $5,000 per property.

No reason for panic?

In the aftermath of what recently happened in Flint, and many years ago in Washington DC, many communities across America are now taking matters into their own hands by taking a look at their own drinking water systems.

While Smitherman has started the motion to inform the citizens, he also stresses that the Cincinnati water supply is safe. Unlike Flint's water supply, Greater Cincinnati Water Works closely monitors the water through a lead corrosion control program to protect its customers.

According to officials, a lead violation has never occurred, but they don't deny that the pipes may cause a threat to human health. Director of the Greater Cincinnati Water Works, Cathy Bailey, said there is what she calls an "ever present risk."

"We know that we still have lead service lines in our system, that's something that is known," Bailey said. "We have a main replacement program that we've had in place 1971; and so as we go out and replace those water mains, we look at those lead service lines and we replace as much as we can there."

If you live in the Cincinnati area and are concerned about your water pipes, Water Works has created an online searching tool here to check if they have a lead service pipe leading to your property, and will test your water on request, at no charge.

EPA remains silent

While Cincinnati's drinking water may seem safe, since 2013, 21 other drinking-water systems in Ohio have shown lead levels higher than the limits set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sadly, the EPA, which has set these norms and is there to protect us, keeps silent and refuses to comment in any way.

According to Mike Adams, aka the Health Ranger and founder of Natural News, "the EPA is the single most corrupt, criminally-run regulator in the federal government who has poisoned the entire nation through legalizing the spread of industrial pollution, heavy metals, toxic chemical and cancer-causing substances which can be collected and spread on farms."

The EPA has all the information about the lead-leaching pipes and their harmful effects, but chooses to sit on the information instead of warning the people, and keeps getting away with it. But that's all about to change, as we enter the "Age of Transparency", as Mike calls it in the Health Revolt radio show.

He is now teaming up with the non-profit, Consumer Wellness Center, and a former NASA contract scientist to conduct a nationwide scientific analysis of heavy metals – such as lead – in American tap water, and to expose the criminal practices being allowed to pollute the environment and put numerous lives at risk.

If you are concerned about the quality of your water, and are a licensed practitioner of the healing arts, send a water sample to EPA Watch and help them bring transparency to the world. Click here to get instructions for acquiring and sending your water sample.

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