Community Affairs Dept. awards more than $6.8M in lead-safe home remediation grants

TRENTON, NJ — To address the ongoing threat of childhood lead poisoning, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs announced March 12 that it is awarding more than $6.8 million to 12 nonprofits through the Lead-Safe Home Remediation and Single-Family Home Remediation Grant programs. The programs will provide eligible residents with professional assistance to remediate […]

Final stage of Newark Lead Service Line Replacement Program announced

NEWARK, NJ — One year after putting to work a $120 million bond from Essex County and joined by Essex County Executive Joseph N. DiVincenzo Jr. and a group of city, state and county officials, Mayor Ras J. Baraka announced that the Newark Lead Service Line Replacement Program had reached its final stage, with nearly […]

Newark trace lead levels fall below federal allowable levels

NEWARK, NJ — The average lead levels in Newark water have fallen below 15 parts per billion, which is underneath the federal benchmark of acceptable levels, Mayor Ras Baraka and Water and Sewer Utilities Director Kareem Adeem announced July 2. Newark’s latest testing results listed on Drinking WaterWatch show lead levels at 14.1 ppb, which […]

Belleville students create app to detect lead in water

Belleville students create app to detect lead in water

BELLEVILLE, NJ — When one thinks of app creation, Silicon Valley comes to mind. And when one thinks of scientific exploration to solve societal problems, older professors and researchers come to mind. But robotics students at Belleville High School bucked those stereotypes when they created an app that can detect lead in drinking water. This […]

Grewal calls on EPA to toughen rule governing lead exposure

TRENTON, NJ — Attorney General Gurbir Grewal joined nine other attorneys general in calling on the Trump administration to better safeguard the drinking water of communities in New Jersey and across the country by toughening a set of proposed changes to the Lead and Copper Rule, the nation’s primary drinking water regulation for lead. In […]

N.J. Department of Health releases Childhood Lead Report for 2018

TRENTON, NJ — Nearly 85 percent of toddlers who turned 3 during fiscal year 2018 received at least one blood lead test in their lifetime — an increase of 7 percent from the previous year — and more than 191,000 children younger than 17 were screened for lead last year, according to the SFY2018 Childhood […]

WSOU collects water to assist newark residents

WSOU collects water to assist newark residents

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — While problems with Newark’s residential water filters were recently addressed, pregnant women and children younger than 6 years are still being advised to avoid drinking city water, even if it has been filtered, and to use bottled water instead. The city, home to 285,000 residents, has only two distribution centers for […]

N.J. Junior Leagues donate 72,000 bottles of water to Newark residents

N.J. Junior Leagues donate 72,000 bottles of water to Newark residents

NEWARK, NJ — Junior Leagues from across New Jersey united as one Junior League to support the many residents of the city of Newark impacted by elevated lead levels in their drinking water. Each of the eight New Jersey Junior Leagues raised funds that went toward the bulk purchase of bottled water. Together at St. […]

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