Newark Officials Distribute Bottled Water Amidst Lead Level Concerns

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Officials in Newark, New Jersey handed out water bottles to its citizens after concerns over rising lead levels in the water.

The Environmental Protection Agency sent a letter to Newark officials on August 9 warning that the water filters distributed by the city were insufficient to protect its residents from high lead levels. The agency also said it found “lead levels exceeding 15 parts per billion, the applicable federal and state drinking water standard.”

“We are unable at this time to assure Newark residents that their heath is fully protected when drinking tap water filtered through these devices,” the letter said, referring to the water filters that were issued by the city.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka released a joint statement on August 11 that city officials in Newark tested water samples from three homes in Newark with…

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