Councilwoman wants hearings on Philly water system

Councilwoman Helen Gym (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Councilwoman Helen Gym (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

In light of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, a Philadelphia councilwoman wants to make the state of the city’s drinking water crystal clear.

Worried about how lead leached out of pipes in Flint, contaminating its water supply, City Councilwoman Helen Gym said she wants a hearing on the subject to “clarify what’s happening in the water department, what the procedures are.

“But more importantly, we’re trying to send out information to update the public and to insure that we have the best protective measures in place around the corrosion in our pipes,” she said.

Gym said it’s worth a look since Philadelphia is an older city with many lead pipes in homes and the water infrastructure.

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“We’re an older city, we need to pay attention to this issue,” she said. “I don’t think we are Flint, but I think we need to monitor this a lot more carefully because of what is happening around the country.”

A hearing on the matter will be upcoming.

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