NEWARK FINDS ELEVATED LEAD LEVELS IN WATER AFTER TESTS. HOW TO GET TESTING & SERVICING FOR YOUR PROPERTY
September 1, 2017 | Brick City Live
Earlier today, Mayor Ras Baraka and Department of Water and Sewer Utilities Director Andrea Hall Adebowale announced that recent tests of drinking water in some Newark homes and buildings found elevated levels of lead. In response, the city is conducting a Lead Service Line Inventory, and offering a Lead Service Line Replacement Program, that will help property owners replace their lead service lines for a nominal fee.
Before the practice was prohibited, lead was used in soldering joints for plumbing systems. In spite of the prohibition, many houses still have lead in their plumbing systems, which can have negative effects on the brain, kidneys, and nervous system. Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to its effects.
“Our Department of Water and Sewer Utilities is constantly testing our water supply to ensure its quality,” said Mayor Baraka, according to a statement about the test results. “Recent tests have shown elevated lead levels, so we are now going to act swiftly, competently, and professionally to eliminate this menace form our city, by providing property owners with services and technology to do so,” he continued.
“I urge all Newark property owners to test their water for lead or have it inspected, and if they find elevated levels, to take advantage of our programs, so that we can keep our city strong and our residents and visitors safe and healthy.”
Residents who suspect their water contains lead should contact the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities at (973) 733-6303 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange to have their water tested for lead and/or get a service line inspection for free.
If residents suspect their water contains lead, the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities offers the following tips:
Run the water to flush out lead. Let the water run from the tap before using it for drinking or cooking any time the water in a faucet has gone unused for more than six hours.
Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula. Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap. Do not use water from the hot water tap to make baby formula.
Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not remove lead.
Look for alternative sources or treatment of water. You may want to consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter.
Get your child tested. Contact the Department of Health and Community Wellness or your healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about lead exposure.
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