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Evanston City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz says its now expected to take another two weeks to get lead content test results on 13 water fountains in city parks.

So those fountains remain turned off, along with another six in parks where testing has shown a lead content of more than 5 parts per billion. 

The fountains that showed high lead levels are at Clark Square, Larimer Park, Snyder Park, Brummel/Richmond, McCulloch Park and Leider Park.

Ones for which test results haven’t been received yet are at Butler Park, Beck Park, Merrick Rose Garden, Perry Park, Penny Park, Smith Park, Elliot Park, the Burnham Shores beach house, three fountains at Robert Crown Park, Leah-Lomar and the fountain outside the water plant.

Bobkiewicz says the rest of the 65 drinking fountains in city parks should be operating normally.

He says staff plans to report to City Council on June 26 with a final list of fountains out of service and plans for replacement.

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Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Are the fountains in the

    Are the fountains in the ridgeville park district being tested also? The fountain at Reba park stopped working about three weeks ago. Was it turned off due to lead levels?

    1. Even at the water plant?

      Ridgeville fountains are being tested.  No mention of the fountain at Reba.

      Anyone else find it just a bit ironic (or leadic?) that one of the fountains being shut off is just outside the water plant?

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