Lead testing in Newark water to extend a few more weeks

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August 23, 2019 - 7:08 pm

Elaine Younger, 11, and Tahvion Williams, 14, right, load water in their family's van at the Newark Health Department in Newark, N.J., Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Residents began picking up bottled water on Monday, days after elevated lead levels were found in homes where city-issued filters had been distributed months ago as part of an ongoing effort to combat contamination. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Testing to see if city-issued filters are removing enough lead from Newark's water will last a few more weeks.

The state Department of Environmental Protection said Friday 225 homes are being tested. That means residents in about 14,000 homes served by one water treatment plant will continue to be issued bottled water.

Water distribution began Aug. 12 after a few homes registered higher-than-expected lead levels despite using the filters, which were given out beginning last year.

The DEP urges residents to keep using the filters while testing continues.

Newark is awaiting a federal judge's decision on whether it will have to give bottled water to residents served by a different water plant. An environmental group contends those residents are at risk, while the city has said the water is safe.