The Chicago Park District plans to shut off half of outdoor drinking fountains due to lead concerns

As the mercury climbs this summer, Chicagoans — including tens of thousands of kids enrolled in summer camps at city parks — will have hundreds fewer outdoor water fountains to rely on because lead testing once again has shown the city’s tap water is tainted. By the end of summer, about half of the parks’ 1,250 outdoor fountains are slated for shutoff and removal, said Dan Cooper, director of environmental services for the Chicago Park District.