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Groups sue over Newark water

Lawsuit seeks safe water for city’s eastern half

By Nikita Biryukov, August 14 2019 11:21 am

The Newark Education Workers Caucus and the Natural Resources Defense Council will argue Newark must provide residents with safe drinking water before a U.S. District Court judge Thursday.

Earlier this week, residents in Newark’s Pequannock service area began receiving bottled water after tests conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency found amounts of lead in the water there that exceeded the federal action level.

It was the fifth such consecutive test result, and residents in the Pequannock service area are receiving bottled water.

Thursday’s hearing will focus on the Wanaque service area, which covers the eastern half of New Jersey’s largest city.

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