Newark Water Crisis

September 21, 2020

NEWARK, NJ — The Newark lead service line replacement program is now in its final stage, the city announced Monday, just two months after it declared its lead levels below the federal safety standard of 15.4 parts per billion (ppb). Mayor Ras Baraka, whose line at his South Ward home has already ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Mayor Ras Baraka began a Thursday press conference, scheduled as an official announcement that Newark’s lead levels are now below the federal threshold of 15.4 parts per billion, by playing defense.  “This is not our way of saying it is over, so let’s just get this out first and ...

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NEWARK, NJ — Balloons bearing congratulations flapped in the wind on Aldine Street on Tuesday afternoon, trimmings marking the city’s promotion of its 10,000th lead service line replacement since the project commenced in fall 2019.  Newark has dealt with elevated lead levels in its water since ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ - Township officials believe the downward trend in trace amounts of lead levels in the municipal tap water confirms that Newark’s new treatment protocol is working as expected.   Previous testing showed that while lead levels have been elevated, they have consistently remained far ...

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NEWARK, NJ — A series of city-led community meetings regarding Newark's lead service line replacement project will take place in each ward over the next two weeks. Municipal officials from the Department of Water and Sewer Utilities will brief residents on the progress made toward removing lead ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ — Friday morning marked the first day of a mass distribution of water filters for Township of Belleville residents, with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka stopping by Belleville to voice his support. Ongoing pleas for help by Belleville Mayor Michael Melham during the ongoing lead crisis ...

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Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation Thursday allowing municipalities to adopt an ordinance to enter properties to perform lead service line replacements, after providing notice to residents.  The bill was sponsored by Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz and Assemblywomen Eliana Pintor and Shanique Davis ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The latest tests of Newark’s water show a steady decrease in lead levels, continuing the trend from last May when the city introduced a new corrosion control system, according to Mayor Ras Baraka and Water and Sewer Utilities Acting Director Kareem Adeem. "Ninety percent of the ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The City Council on Tuesday authorized more than $78 million to extend emergency contracts on the lead line replacement project. The funds were allotted to Roman E&G Corporation and Montana Construction Corporation, both for $39 million. The emergency contracts were extended ...

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NEWARK, NJ - When Christopher Nobles landed this latest construction job, he knew it was more than just a paycheck. The Local 427 member is among more than two dozen Newark residents working on the replacement of the city’s 18,000 lead sewer lines, having completed a specialized apprenticeship ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The most recent agreement between Newark and the Port Authority allows the city to acquire additional property for leasing by the authority for its Port Street Corridor Improvement project, netting the city an additional $155 million over the next 30 years. In return, the city must ...

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NEWARK, NJ — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved two contracts to two utility contractors that will conduct parts of the first phases of the Newark’s lead service line replacement program citywide. The Linden-based Underground Utilities Corporation was awarded a nearly $4 million ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Some initiatives Newark has embarked upon to combat its lead water contamination problem are being suggested statewide. Gov. Phil Murphy announced on Thursday the state would embark on a “goal” of removing and replacing all lead service lines in New Jersey within the next 10 ...

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(Editor's note: This article's headline and story have been updated to reflect a clarification from the city as to the reasons behind why the additional lines were inspected.) NEWARK, NJ - City officials told the City Council on Tuesday it was inspecting additional properties for lead service ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The city may be getting yet another funding option to help pay the cost of replacing all of its lead service lines. On Friday, President Donald Trump signed a bill that would allow states to transfer up to $100 million from the federal Clean Water State Revolving Fund to the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Bottled water distribution to those affected during Newark's lead water contamination crisis will end next week, with authorities promoting the use of city-delivered filters to address the issue going forward.  “Our message is simple: the filters work, use the filters,” Mayor Ras ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A town hall meeting meant to publicly address concerns about Newark's ongoing lead water contamination crisis turned contentious as Mayor Ras Baraka pushed back at criticism of how he has handled the problem. Speaking before more than 200 people at the New Jersey Performing Arts ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Washington, DC-based firm defending Newark in a lawsuit over the city’s lead water contamination crisis is getting yet another six-figure paycheck from New Jersey’s largest municipality.  The City Council on Wednesday approved increasing the professional services contract with ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka said Tuesday that $155 million coming to the city from the Port Authority will help pay the debt service on a $120 million loan Newark secured from Essex County to replace lead service lines. It was a slightly different message than the one sent by Baraka’s office ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved an amended lease agreement with the Port Authority that would hand Newark an additional $155 million to pay for city services and improve infrastructure projects. The agreement was initially billed on Monday as additional funds that ...

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