Civilian water council: Milwaukee in ‘undeclared state of emergency’

An unofficial civilian council has called on the City of Milwaukee to remove all remaining lead lateral service lines, of which at least 70,000 still exist in Milwaukee homes. The Freshwater for Life Action Coalition (FLAC), comprised of community members including Milwaukee NAACP President Fred Royal and MICAH President Willie Brisco, said high levels of lead disproportionately affect poor and minority children, and have for years.

“Milwaukee … has been in an undeclared state of emergency,” Brisco said at a recent town hall meeting.

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