Newark mayor says residents must rely on emergency bottled water another month

Kimberly Dole
August 19, 2019 - 11:29 am

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NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) – There will be at least another month of emergency bottled water being distributed, Mayor Ras Baraka said in an interview Sunday morning.

This was the first indication given on the amount of time the 14,000 homes would continue to rely on alternate drinking water.

“It’s going to take us maybe a month, at minimum, to figure out if these filters are working or not,” Politico reports. 

Last week, after filters at two of three tested homes failed to properly reduce lead levels, Newark officials began distributing over 70,000 cases of bottled water.

The filters was part of the city’s plan to reduce lead levels an issue residents have been dealing for two years.

A federal judge is expected to rule later this week on an environmental group's effort to force Newark to distribute water to thousands more residents who are served by a different water system.

The Natural Resources Defense Council says those residents also are at risk from excessive lead levels.

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