Newark Schools Water Crisis Shines Light on Larger N.J. Lead Issues, Advocates Say

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Water bottles being delivered from the Community Food Bank of New Jersey’s warehouse. (Photo Credit: CFBNJ)

Article courtesy of Dan Ivers | NJ Advance Media for  | March 14, 2016 | Shared as educational material

“According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no safe lead level in children.” Children suffer its effects even at low levels, including intelligence, academic achievement, and ability to pay attention. Nearly half the schools in Newark, 30 tested to have water with dangerous lead levels. Neither the state nor the federal Environmental Protection Agency require testing at schools, but each school district voluntarily tests annually. A spokesperson from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection blamed the state’s aging water infrastructure for the lead contamination, which requires funding to fix. Read more here:

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