Newark's Schools Having Lead Issues

Early in March elevated levels of lead caused officials in New Jersey’s largest school district to shut off water fountains at 30 school buildings until more tests could be conducted. The district, Newark Public Schools, told the State Department of Environmental Protection on Monday that annual testing found concentrations ranging from undetected to above the department’s action level for lead, which is 15 parts per billion. That level requires additional testing, monitoring and remediation. Notices have been posted and bottled water and water coolers delivered to the buildings. Just incase you didn't know how serious this issue can be, ingesting lead can be especially dangerous for young children and can affect their behavior and ability to learn. Lead in school water is a longstanding issue in the United States and has been a focus of federal and local regulators. The state chapter of the Sierra Club, an environmental group, called for more testing and pipe replacement. Jeff Tittel, the group’s director, said, “New Jersey cities have old, outdated pipes in our streets and homes, which can mean even higher levels of lead in our water, Many of our water systems go back to the Victorian era, and even homes built in the ’30s and ’40s have pipes made with lead solder.”What do you think would be the best solution here? How could this issue be resolved in a budget friendly and overall safe way all around the United States? I for one am not sure what would be the right way but I definitely know that something does need to be done! What about in Flint, Michigan where there is a current water crisis due to contaminated water?

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