Lead concerns spread to towns that share Newark’s water supply

BRENDA FLANAGAN / NJTV NEWS – Fears about water safety have spread beyond Newark, where federal officials have ordered the city to supply bottled water to residents after tests showed filters installed to remove lead from tap water were not working.

Newark’s Pequannock Water System serves all of Bloomfield and Belleville, some 430 homes in Nutley and all of Pequannock Township, in addition to the western part of the city — a half-million people in all.

Bloomfield has distributed more than 3,000 PUR filters to residents over the past 18 months because of elevated lead levels resulting from corrosion and contamination problems in the Newark system. Now residents share the same concern as their neighbors in Newark that those filters might not be removing enough lead …

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