District explores next step in lead dilemma

District officials, experts discuss risks of lead ingestion, plans to remediate issue, communication

District explores next step in lead dilemma

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District announced June 12 the results of testing for lead in school buildings’ water, which showed that nine sources out of 223 had a higher lead action level than that established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lead in drinking water, news that upset […]

Community forum on lead in drinking water

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold a community question-and-answer forum to discuss the recent discovery of lead in nine district drinking water sources. The forum will be Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood. Free childcare will be available.

Nine SOMSD water sources found to contain higher levels of lead

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District, in compliance with the Department of Education regulations and technical guidance developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, identified and tested all drinking water and food preparation outlets, according to a June 12 press release from the district. Of the 223 samples […]

WOSD jumps into action to keep lead out of school water

WOSD puts health first while working to keep costs low

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District has taken corrective action after testing found that water from 27 of the 304 district taps analyzed last April contained lead amounts exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 15 parts per billion. According to the district’s lead report, actions taken to address the situation […]

Water safety to be addressed at public meeting

Water safety to be addressed at public meeting

IRVINGTON, NJ — The Sheridan Street Block Association and the Irvington NAACP have joined forces to host a public meeting about Irvington Township’s water quality Thursday, May 5, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Greater New Point Baptist Church on Paine Avenue. According to press release from the Sheridan Street Block Association on Wednesday, April […]

Better safe than sorry, WOSD tests schools’ water for lead

WEST ORANGE, NJ — After the Newark school system made headlines last month when analyses showed that its drinking water contained lead levels significantly higher than allowed by the Environmental Protection Agency, the West Orange School District is planning to have the water tested for lead in all of its own buildings during the coming […]

Payne, Rice, Baraka call for testing for lead in school drinking water

NEWARK, NJ – Congressman Donald M. Payne Jr., Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and state Sen. Ronald L. Rice had a press conference on Monday, April 11, at the LeRoy F. Smith Jr. Public Safety Building in Newark to call for lead testing in schools’ drinking water and to urge Congress to pass Payne’s TEST for […]

Public, EO Council discuss water safety concerns

EAST ORANGE, NJ — The recent revelations from the Newark public schools regarding elevated lead levels in students’ drinking water was a hot topic at the East Orange City Council’s regular meeting Monday, March 14. “I heard you talking about water and it made me nervous, because I saw Steve Harvey’s show today on Flint, […]

Mayor Baraka leads on battle against lead in schools

NEWARK, NJ — In his state of the city address on Tuesday, March 15, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka called for a long-term solution to fix the city’s problems with lead in their drinking water at 30 schools. The recent discovery of dangerous lead levels in Newark public schools’ drinking water threatens human health and Jeff […]