A water related law intended to protect water resources has been signed in Chicago by Governor Pat Quinn.
One of the bills that were signed Sunday creates a new ACT- the Urban Flooding Awareness Act.
The new legislation puts in place a working group that is responsible for evaluating and researching about urban flooding policies. It is expected that the group will have submitted its report in 2015.
Another law that was signed by the Governor allows law enforcers in the state to controlled pharmaceutical and a wide range of other controlled products in Chicago and transport then to sites which has the approval of the Illinois Environmental-Protection Agency. In most cases, these substances get flushed down in the sewerage system, therefore threatening water resources.
Moreover, the Chicago-Department of Water Management Sunday confirmed that the water which is available in the state were safe for drinking after earlier tests which showed that there were high levels of toxins that were suspected to have been caused by algae on Lake Erie.
Most Chicago residents, especially those who reside in the Northwest part of Ohio were send into a panicky mode over the weekend when large amounts of toxins were discovered in their tap water and its usage banned immediately. However, after some rigorous testing Saturday, the ban was lifted Monday, ending the uncertainty. Lifting the suspension of the water usage was the mayor of Toledo who gave residents the green light based on report by water authorities after they completed their testing.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Algae has not been new to Lake Erie, but the problem of toxin build ups that is being experienced is due to increased amount of phosphorous which find their way to the water body either through sewage leaks or when fertilizer is swept by rain water.
This sentiment is also confirmed by Tim Wayne, an Ohio based water expert. Wayne says “the changing agricultural practices that are being experienced in the area can directly be attributed to change in farming methods. Farms have become larger and less tilling takes place, so making it hard for the phosphorous fertilizer not to sink deep into the soil.
The bill by Gov. Pat Quinn is aimed at ensuring that water resources are free from contamination, says Peter Lee, a policy analyst.