"The water system in Newark is still safe, it’s still drinkable,” said the city Mayor, Ras J. Baraka.

Toni Akindele
Mar, 10, 2016

New Jersey’s largest school district shut off water fountains at 30 schools Wednesday because elevated levels of lead were detected in the water. Officials say that the lead is coming from within the schools themselves, not the Newark Water Department’s water source.

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The city mayor, Ras J. Baraka stated in a news conference, “I understand in the Flint environment that any sign of elevation is going to make everyone go haywire, but here, the water system in Newark is still safe, it’s still drinkable.”

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The New York Times reports that, “lead in school water is a longstanding issue in the United States and has been a focus of federal and local regulators,” and that concerned parents can have their children tested for lead at Newark’s Department of Health and Community Wellness.

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