An organization has made absolutely and outrageously false statements
about Newark's water. The truth is that the water supplied by the City is safe
to drink. Our water fully complies with federal and state regulations.
The City’s water is NOT contaminated with lead. The only high lead
readings were taken inside some 1 and 2 family homes built before 1986 that
have lead pipes leading from the city's pure water into those homes. The City
is helping those homeowners to replace their pipes. Apartment houses have never
had lead service lines.
Our water is safe. In
fact Newark has some of the best water in the State of New Jersey, and Newark's
water mains do not contain lead. We will keep you informed every step of the
way. Again, Newark’s water meets all federal and state standards, and this
issue is confined to a limited number of homes with lead service lines.
No responsible organization or environmental agency has said that Newark
residents should avoid our water and instead drink bottled water.
If you suspect that your home has a lead service line, contact the
Department of Water & Sewer Utilities by phone at (973) 733-4311 or by
email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can test your water for lead at no charge
and also determine if your service line does contain lead.