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Chicago mayor calls for summit on drinking water

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2014 11:53 p.m. CST

CHICAGO – Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reacting to reports Lake Erie has became tainted with a toxin that prevents water consumption by calling for a summit of Canadian and U.S. mayors. He says a meeting is needed to discuss ways of protecting and preserving the Great Lakes.

In a statement, Emanuel says what happened in Toledo, Ohio, where thousands were forced to stop drinking tap water for more than two days, is a reminder that much must be done to protect the lakes.

They provide drinking water in Chicago and many other communities in the United States and Canada.

According to the statement, Emanuel’s office is contacting mayors in the Great Lakes region to convene the meeting in the next few weeks.

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