Newark Water Crisis

October 10, 2019

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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NEWARK, NJ - State Sen. Ronald L. Rice introduced a new bill today requiring financial institutions that have foreclosed on properties in New Jersey to remove water service lines that contain lead.  The legislation is part of the ongoing effort to tackle the water quality dilemma plaguing the ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Dozens of area residents lined up on Wednesday to collect free high-tech water filters donated by a San Francisco-based company seeking to assist Newark’s efforts to provide filtration systems to households affected by elevated levels of lead. Brondell President Steven Scheer told ...

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Assemblywoman Shanique Speight (D-Essex) will join Brondell, Inc. president Steven Scheer on Thursday to announce the home products company’s donation of 2,000 certified home water filtration systems to benefit residents of Newark. Brondell Inc. is a San Francisco-based home products ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Governor Phil Murphy announced the preliminary results of filter testing in Newark's affected lead water contamination areas, highlighting positive numbers as the governor, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and other officials continue to plot a course to solve the city's lead water ...

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BELLEVILLE, NJ - Acting solely with an abundance of caution, and with the new school year approaching, Mayor Michael Melham last month asked township engineers to conduct water samples within the eight public schools in Belleville. The results are back, showing no indication of lead or other ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved two bills aimed at addressing the city’s lead water issue amid criticism from a host of residents who erupted at city officials sitting on the dais for what they said was the mishandling of a public health crisis. The council ...

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NEWARK, NJ - State Senator M. Teresa Ruiz introduced legislation on Thursday that would let municipalities across New Jersey adopt ordinances allowing local governments to change lead service lines without a property owners permission. The state legislation mirrors that of a measure making its ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Councilman Augusto Amador had choice words for the Baraka administration this week after he said city officials told residents that some 2,000 households in the Ironbound may be impacted by elevated levels of lead. Amador was referring to an article published by the Portuguese ...

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NEWARK, NJ - The Junior League of Montclair-Newark (JLMN) is uniting with Junior Leagues across New Jersey to support the residents of Newark impacted by the water crisis.  The JLMN along with the seven other Junior Leagues in New Jersey will raise money to purchase up to 10,000 cases of bottled ...

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NEWARK, NJ - An ordinance that would mandate the replacement of lead service lines – even without a property owners permission – was unanimously advanced by the Newark City Council on Thursday. The measure was sent to the council by Mayor Ras Baraka’s administration who billed it as a first of ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A public meeting at Newark City Hall gave residents the opportunity to sign up as volunteers to inform others about how to replace affected lead service lines as part of a planned infrastructure program. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka called on city residents Wednesday night to drum up ...

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NEWARK, NJ - A water sample taken Saturday from one of Newark's luxury high-rise buildings and analyzed by a second independent lab did not show elevated levels of lead, according to Newark Mayor Ras Baraka. The sample, taken by the Newark Water Department from Eleven80 building, located at 1180 ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Water testing conducted by an independent consultant found elevated levels of lead in one of Newark’s luxury high-rise buildings located in the business district, outside the parameter city officials have maintained was not impacted by a lead crisis gripping New Jersey’s largest ...

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NEWARK, NJ- A federal judge sided with Newark’s decision to provide free bottled water only to residents serviced by the Pequannock water source and not to those serviced by the Wanaque water treatment plant. U.S. Judge Esther Salas wrote in a decision Friday that pregnant women, nursing women ...

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NEWARK, NJ - University Hospital announced this week it would offer free lead testing for children and adults living in areas served by the Pequannock water treatment plant. Free lead testing will be conducted Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The hospital will also provide free testing ...

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NEWARK, NJ - TAPinto Newark editor Mark J. Bonamo will appear on NJTV's newscast tonight at 6 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the Newark lead water crisis and the freedom of the press following an incident at City Hall.  Bonamo will appear with NJTV's Michael Hill and media law attorney ...

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NEWARK, NJ - Mayor Ras Baraka’s administration said on Wednesday it would reverse future decisions to block the press from covering meetings that involve residents impacted by Newark’s lead water crisis one day after it prevented reporters from attending a gathering on the matter inside City ...

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MILLBURN, NJ - Amidst the ongoing water crisis in Essex County's largest city, residents from all over are banding together to help its residents. Sunday morning in Millburn, that effort continued with a water collection drive. From 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, about a dozen residents came ...

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SUMMIT, NJ - In light of the lead contamination crisis facing Newark, the City of Summit will conduct a 'Clean Water Drive' on September 11 and 12, encouraging residents to donate wrapped cases of water bottles. According to published reports in TAPinto Newark, earlier this month, the U.S.

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NEWARK, NJ - Sowing more seeds of confusion in its efforts to communicate with the public during a crisis, Mayor Ras Baraka’s administration turned away TV cameras and reporters Tuesday from a lead water-related meeting at City Hall it had blasted out in a press release the day before. The ...

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NEWARK, NJ - As the City Council prepared on Tuesday to enter into closed session – shutting the public out by locking its chamber doors to discuss a $120 million loan to pay for lead service replacement lines, South Ward resident Deborah Gregory had a few choice words. “The community needs to ...

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NEWARK, NJ - As throngs of attendees in cocktail dresses and casual suits lined up around the Prudential Center Monday eagerly awaiting entrance to MTV’s Video Music Awards, Anthony Diaz blew into a megaphone. “Where y’all from?” Diaz shouted. “We need clean water because we live here.” Diaz, ...

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