Lead-Contaminated Drinking Water – Class Action Investigation
Chimicles & Tikellis is investigating class action lawsuits against municipalities and local governments relating to elevated and unsafe levels of lead in drinking water. The increase in lead levels in drinking water may be the result of a number of conditions, such as changes to drinking water sources and/or the failure of municipal government to add sufficient anti-corrosive agents into local drinking water systems. The result of these failures is heightened levels of lead leaching into drinking water. Numerous reports also indicate municipal government failures to properly monitor tap water levels.
Consumption of heightened levels of lead can cause illness and can be extremely dangerous. These concerns are particularly heightened in young children. Failures of municipalities and local governments to prevent and correct unsafe drinking water levels may be in violation of state and federal laws.
Reports of elevated levels in local municipal drinking water sources began to spring up in early 2016 on the heels of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, where as many as 8,000 children under the age of six have been reportedly exposed to drinking water containing unsafe levels of lead. In Flint, the contamination and lead exposure resulted from a budgetary matter that forced the town to switch to a drinking water source containing heightened levels of lead.
While news coverage of this issue has overwhelmingly focused on the crisis in Flint, many other cities and municipalities across the United States have also reportedly experienced high levels of lead. Unsafe levels of lead in local drinking water sources have been reported in numerous municipalities, including but not limited to:
- Chicago, Illinois
- Jackson, Mississippi
- Las Vegas, Nevada
- Pensacola, Florida
- Sebring, Ohio
If you have reason to believe that your drinking water may have elevated levels of lead, please contact us using the link on this page to discuss this investigation.