Bottled water will be distributed to 14,000 households in Newark amid a lead pollution crisis after EPA discovered that water filters given to residents may not protect them
- EPA says bottled water & # 39; as quickly as possible & # 39; provided to residents
- Water sample tests exceed federal and national standards for lead levels
- City was forced to postpone because bottled expiration date had passed
- Newark started processing 40,000 filters eight months ago
Bottled water is distributed to thousands of residents in Newark, New Jersey due to lead contamination in tap water and the discovery that filters given to households may not work properly.
The Environmental Protection Agency is urgently handling the issue and informing city officials in a letter that bottled water & # 39; as soon as possible & # 39; provided to residents. Yahoo News reported.
Governor Phil Murphy and Mayor Raz Baraka, both Democrats, will distribute bottled water to families with leading service lines.
A line is formed while the people of Newark are waiting Monday to get bottles of water
A woman leaves a recreation center after receiving free bottles of water in Newark
Newark residents are waiting for their free bottled water in the midst of a growing lead pollution crisis
The Environmental Protection Agency is urgently handling the issue and informing city officials in a letter that bottled water & # 39; as soon as possible & # 39; provided to residents.
They also ask for & # 39; support and help from the federal government & # 39; for the affected residents.
But Newark took a step back on Tuesday, as the city was forced to postpone its 14,000 household giveaway because of bottles stamped with expired expiration dates.
& # 39; Water dating is not mandatory and has nothing to do with health aspects of water & # 39 ;, Newark spokesman Frank Baraff said. nj.com.
Newark started handing out 40,000 filters eight months ago, as the situation has been deteriorating for three years.
The core of the problem is an aging infrastructure, where tap water flows through old lead pipes, many of which are at least a century old.
But the EPA conducted tests of three houses using filters and discovered that two of them showed lead levels that exceeded 15 parts per billion, the federal and national drinking water standards.
Water that must be destroyed due to an expired expiration date is loaded onto a trailer for disposal outside a leisure center on August 13
The most important contamination crisis of Newark: locations for the distribution of bottled water
Department of Health and Welfare, 110 William St., 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Bo Porter Sports Complex, 378 Lyons Ave., 11 am – 7 pm
Boylan Street Recreation Center, 916 South Orange Ave., 11 AM – 7 PM
Vince Lombardi Center, 201 Bloomfield Ave., 11 am – 7 pm
& # 39; From an abundance of caution, & # 39; told the EPA ABC news that residents are encouraged to use water bottles for drinking and cooking.
The EPA says that, despite the small test sample, Newark is part of a larger, ongoing study to determine the effectiveness of their new anti-corrosion treatment (CCT) to help reduce lead in drinking water.
Baraka said at a weekend press conference that it is not known why the filters are ineffective and hoped the tests would be a & # 39; anomaly & # 39; were because they are used and certified nationally, also in places like Flint, Michigan.
He also urged residents to flush for five minutes before using the filters.
The distribution of bottled water continues until at least Friday.
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