“I just don’t think we should be doing it,” Trump says about tap water in Chicago
President Donald Trump says the federal government should not be using tap water to purify water in the nation’s capital, where the president’s White House is located.
Trump made the comments on a conference call Thursday with business leaders in Chicago, which he has visited twice in the last week.
“I think it’s a bad idea, and I think we need to do some serious thinking about it,” he said, adding that he believes water filtration plants can be built in cities without impacting drinking water quality.
On the conference call, Trump also suggested that water filtrators could be used in other locations, including in cities where residents have been given exemptions from drinking water standards, but added that he hasn’t decided.
The president also said he had no plans to tap the water from the White House and said he doesn’t believe the city has a water quality problem.
Trump said he was encouraged to see some improvements in water quality in the White Hill neighborhood in northwest Washington, where he is visiting the Pentagon.
In Washington, the city Department of Health said it was working with local water districts and the city to find a solution.
Health Department officials are investigating the possibility of using a “small, portable filtrant” or a “water filtrator” in the city, the department said.
While the White River is not considered a water source, it flows through the city.
Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Environmental Protection Department said Thursday that they had reached out to the water districts to share their plans and that they are still working with the Water and Sewer Authority of Washington, D.C., to determine the best way to do so.
A group of the nation.s leading water filters has proposed a $30,000 reward for information leading to the identification of the filtrants in Washington, including any other nearby jurisdictions.
If you have any information, please call the D.E.A.’s tip line at 202-647-3909.