Editorial: Newark’s sad water saga all too familiar in NJ

Ras Baraka

NORTHJERSEY.COM – With all the drama of a briefing before a major military offensive, elected city, county and state officials stood together this week to announce a comprehensive effort, fueled by a $120 million bond proposal sponsored by Essex County, to replace Newark’s lead-tainted service lines that are part of the city’s aging, unsafe water infrastructure.

Now, they tell us, a process of changing out 18,000 lead lines that might have taken nearly a decade could be completed within a matter of two to three years.

“As an elected official, I don’t want to wait that long. I want this long-term solution to happen sooner rather than later,” Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo said at a news conference while flanked by Gov. Phil Murphy and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka …

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