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Mayor Baraka On Reports Of Lead In Water: ‘Newark Is Not Flint’

November 08, 2018 - 3:07 pm

NEWARK, N.J. (WCBS 880) – Elevated levels of lead have turned up in the Newark water supply this week, and city officials on Thursday defended their response to the problem.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka insists that the problem in Newark was nowhere near the crisis experienced in Flint, Michigan.

“Flint purposefully did not put a corrosion control inhibitor in their water. Ours stopped working,” Baraka said.

The city says the lead is coming from aging pipes and is not in the water within the reservoirs.

Kareem Adeem, the assistant director of the city’s water department, says they responded to the problem immediately.

“Throughout this whole time the city conducting a sampling all around the city with their source water to ensure the source water that was coming from the treatment plant didn't contain lead,” Adeem said.

As many as 18,000 homes could have lead pipes. To combat the issue, Newark has distributed 13,000 water filters.