Residents of Highland Park, some of whom were recently informed of elevated lead levels in their water, will be given free cases of bottled water today, to combat the ongoing heat wave.
But the giveaway is mainly for residents' peace of mind, city officials say.
"The water is safe to drink, that's not why we are giving away water today," said Marli Blackman, press secretary. "We are giving away water due to the heat and we want people to stay hydrated.
"But because of the story that broke, we don't want people to think they can't drink their water."
The cases will be distributed Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Ernest T. Ford Field House, 10 Pitkin St., Highland Park. The building will also serve as a cooling center today.
The heat and humidity is expected to abate by Sunday, when highs are expected to only reach about 80 degrees.