Was Newark’s water crisis preventable? Records reveal problems festered for years.

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KAREN YI / NJ.COM – Before the comparisons to Flint, Michigan, before trucks full of bottled water rumbled through Newark’s streets, before parents rushed to test their kids for lead poisoning, somebody knew there was a problem.

A state regulator, alarmed by Newark’s water disinfection practices, warned city officials that residents should boil their water, according to never-before-released letters from 2014 obtained by NJ Advance Media.

“If the monthly operator reports are correct then the water provided … potentially compromised public health,” the state official wrote, citing five months of water testing …

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