Eleven fountains turned off over lead levels

There may be more new water fountains in city parks soon

Evanston city officials say they've completed testing 59 park drinking fountains in the city for lead and found 11 that tested above the EPA’s action level of 15 parts per billion.

Those fountains, which have been shut off, are at:

  • Brummel-Richmond Park, Brummel Street and Richmond Avenue.
  • Butler Park, Foster Street and Hartrey Avenue.
  • Clark Square Park, Kedzie Street and Sheridan Road.
  • Garden Park, on the lakefront north of Sheridan Square.
  • Larimer Park, Crain Street and Oak Avenue.
  • Ridgeville Park District's Leider Park, South Blvd. and Asbury Avenue.
  • McCulloch Park, Jenks Street near Eastwood Avenue.
  • Merrick Rose Garden, Lake Street and Oak Avenue.
  • Snyder Park, Kedzie Street and Judson Avenue.
  • Robert Crown Park, Main Street and Dodge Avenue south baseball field and Lee Street and Dodge Avenue tennis courts

In addition, fountains at Independence Park and Harper Park are turned off due to previous plans for replacement. These locations have not yet been tested, pending installation by the contractor.

All other Evanston park water fountains tested below 15 ppb and are back in service.

City staff plans to provide a report to City Council on Monday, June 26, detailing plans for repairing or replacing the 11 fountains with high lead levels.

Related stories

City still awaiting drinking fountain test results (6/7/17)

Lead found in some park water fountains (5/27/17)

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