The city of Newark has begun passing out cases of bottled water as concerns mount over how effective filters provided to residents with lead water service lines may be.
New Jersey’s largest city began handing out lead filters to primarily low-income residents with lead service lines eight months ago, but recent tests show that filtered water samples tested over the federal and state standards for lead in drinking water.
The EPA’s New York regional administrator ordered the city to begin handing out bottled water “as soon as possible” in a letter sent Friday. The Natural Resources Defense Council sued Newark last year for failing to adequately monitor the lead levels in its water supply for years.
“In the senior building it’s bad,” Emmett Coleman, a senior citizen who waited two hours for cases of water Monday, told the AP. “All of us are sick or have problems, and we can’t drink the water. And the filters aren’t working.”