On Monday, Newark Public Schools notified the state Department of Environmental Protection that elevated levels of lead ranging from non-detected to above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level for lead—15 parts per billion—were detected during annual testing. This level necessitates further testing, monitoring and immediate remediation.
The district has shut off all drinking water fountains at the affected schools and bottled water is being used.
The DEP reiterated that lead had not been found in the city’s water supply, saying that the lead likely entered through the water delivery system, from either lead pipes or household fixtures containing lead or lead solder.”
The question remains: how many more children are at risk in the state of New Jersey? And in other cities and towns across the U.S.? Just how toxic is our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure? -Danielle Bizzarro