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"More than 1 in 5 Americans unknowingly drink tap water polluted with feces, radiation or other contaminants...Nearly 1,000 deaths each year and at least 400,000 cases of water-borne illness may be attributed to contaminated water..."
The New York Times, June 2, 1995

Fellow Citizens:

The water for Milwaukee County has been dragged back into the public eye. Water, one of the most important requirements of all living things, may contain the potentially dangerous heavy metal; lead. As residents of Milwaukee, you may be at risk too.

Your Mission:

Your task is to determine whether or not your tap water, and tap water from the local area, contains evidence of lead. Your team is to investigate lead exposure from drinking water; each person will have a specific role with specific questions that must be addressed. Then each team will bring their findings and questions to the city council meeting to share with the citizens of the city.


Health Commissioner

Public Health Nurse

Laboratory Technician

Department of Public Works Representative

Plumbing Contractor

Water Watchdogs

Concerned Citizens

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Internet Resources:



Milwaukee Water Department

 Milwaukee Public Works Dept.
Water Quality Problems

 Glacier Water Company
Drinking Water: Health and Purity

Milwaukee Journal October 1996  
Municipal Water Company  United Water Company
Control of Copper and Lead in Drinking Water

Proper Chemical Disposal  
Issues of Water Quality

Ever Pure Water Co.
 What is lead poisioning?

 Mayo Health Organization


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 Standards for Water

 Water Statistics for the Southwest

Southwest Water Organization
 History of Plumbing

 The Plumbing Supply Company
(above "Of men and codes" section)
(almost at the end of article)
 The Bare Facts

 Keith Underwood's Inside Information on Lead
 Lead Facts

 Home Safe Lead Testing and Training
 Exposure to babies through formula

 Foster Parent Community
 Lead in Drinking Water Resources

 Breck School
 Why you should drink water

 Mayo Clinic
 Statistics on Lead concentration in water

 University of Nebraska

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Library Resources:



 Heavy Metals Manual
 First Edition
 Edited by Mark Mitchell

 The Global Rivers  Environmental  
 Education Network
 A Publication of GREEN

 Science SIRS

 SIRS data base

 World Book Encyclopedia

 World Book, Inc.


 EBSCO data base

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Created for the Fermilab LInC program sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab, and funded by United States Department of Energy, Illinois State Board of Education, North Central Regional Technology in Education Consortium which is operated by North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL), and the National Science Foundation.

Author(s): Catherine Wittig and Todd Everson

School: John Marshall International Baccalaureate High School Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Created: March 1, 1999 - Updated: April 25, 1999