Water management chief exits as lead testing poised to begin

The engineer who executed Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to rebuild Chicago’s aging water and sewer system announced his resignation Thursday, just as Chicago prepares to test tap water for the health risks posed by lead water pipes.
Tom Powers, who has served as Emanuel’s only Water Management commissioner, will be replaced by his top deputy, Barrett Murphy, another holdover from the administration of former Mayor Richard M. Daley.
Daley hired Murphy in 1999 as Chicago was preparing for the potential Y2K terrorism threat that never materialized. Murphy’s wife, Lynn Lockwood, is an Emanuel friend who once chaired a political fund-raising committee for

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