Newark responds to lead in drinking water

AmNews Staff Reports | 8/15/2019, 12:22 p.m.
Follow-up test results provided on Aug. 9, 2019, have shown that a small sample of water filters (2 of 3) ...
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·Use bottled water for drinking, cooking and preparing baby formula until further testing confirms the reliability of the filters. The New Jersey Department of Health supports the activities of Newark related to the use of bottled water, especially for formula-fed infants, children under 6 and pregnant women, until more information is available.

·Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.

·Test your water for lead at no cost. Call the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities at 973-733-6303 to find out how to get your water tested for lead.

·Get your child’s blood tested. Contact the Department of Health and Community Wellness at 973-733-5323 or your health care provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about lead exposure.

·Identify and replace plumbing fixtures and lead services lines containing lead. Register online to replace your residential lead service lines at https://www.NewarkLeadServiceLine.com/Register. Replacement costs will not exceed $1,000, pending available funding.

The city urges residents to call the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities at 973-733-6303 or visit www.NewarkLeadServiceLine.com to find out how to get your water tested for lead at no cost, get your child’s blood tested free-of-charge, register for Lead Service Line Replacement, or for more information on steps the Department of Water and Sewer is taking to address the lead action level exceedance. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home/building and the health effects of lead, visit the EPA’s website at www.epa.gov/lead or contact your health care provider. Residents may also contact the Department of Health and Community Wellness at 973-733-5323 about free blood testing for children under 6.