The suit argues that the city of Newark has failed to take action addressing lead contamination in drinking water
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Newark Education Workers Caucus (NEW Caucus) announced their intent to sue the city of Newark, N.J., over a failure to take action addressing lead contamination in municipal drinking water. According to the NRDC, Newark’s water shows some of the highest recent lead levels recorded by a large water system in the country.
In 2017, 10% of water samples showed lead levels above 26 ppb, significantly higher than the federal action level of 15 ppb. Moreover, 20% of the samples showed lead levels above 15 ppb, with some samples as high as three to nine times higher than the standard. Testing also has shown that 30 public schools have elevated lead levels in drinking water.
NRDC and NEW Caucus have argued that the city has failed to take action and that they have followed malpractice in testing protocols. In their suit, they said that the city tests at sites that are less likely to have high lead concentrations, fails to properly control pipe corrosions and does not keep the public informed.