Poison Pipes

Miguel Del Toral at his home in Chicago.

Poison Pipes

Clean water can get contaminated on its way to your faucet. In America, more than 9 million lead service lines connect city water to individual homes (and apartments), leaving millions of people vulnerable to potentially harmful doses of lead. Retired EPA scientist — and Flint whistleblower — Miguel Del Toral shows us lead pipes unearthed from his property in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and explains why they're no longer considered safe. And we talk to a Milwaukee father, who stumbled upon this lesson with his young son.

Read APM Reports’ investigation
Read Del Toral’s memorandum on Flint


  • Miguel Del Toral, EPA scientist (retired)

  • Rick Rabin, Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health

  • Tory Lowe, Milwaukee activist (and father of four)

  • Karen Baehler, scholar-in-residence at American University School of Public Affairs

Photo: Lauren Rosenthal | APM Reports