Billions lost, millions wasted

Patrick M. O'Connell, Cecilia Reyes, Ted Gregory and Angela Caputo, Chicago Tribune on October 25, 2017

Steve Smiley points to a steady flow of water pouring into a playground in west suburban Maywood, convinced he knows the source.

A cracked underground water main pipe, he said, allows water to seep into the basement of a city-owned building next door. It is then pumped into the playground.

Though Smiley has pointed out the problem to city officials, the leak has continued for years, with the water ultimately paid for by Maywood residents.

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