City’s big fix to lead water crisis is here. But it could take another 6 months to work.

Newark Water Treatment Plan

May 7, 2019

After 2 years of testing high for lead, Newark’s water supply is getting an overhaul. Officials released a new mix of chemicals into the water to help mitigate the corrosion causing the lead levels to rise. The hope is that this solution will better seal the inside of the pipes and begin to bring levels down, but it is not a quick-fix.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” said Kareem Adeem, Acting Director of Newark’s Water and Sewer Department, while speaking with Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Catherine McCabe at press conference. “It’s going to take a while for it to optimize.”

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