Enzo DomingoMar 10, 2016, 2:21 pmMar 10, 2016, 6:47 pm

Newark mayor: City’s water is not contaminated

Ras Baraka tries to reassure residents after lead found in schools’ water supplies

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The state and the city of Newark announced that levels of lead have been detected in water at dozens of Newark public schools.

The district is doing everything to make sure children are safe in the interim as classes continue.

The Department of Environmental Protection is waving a red flag after the discovery of lead at 30 Newark schools.

Louise Spencer Elementary is on that list.

The DEP is advising Newark public schools to temporarily use alternate water sources and shut off all drinking water fountains.

This comes after recent sampling testing across the district found elevated levels of lead beyond EPA standards at various water taps.

Newark Mayor Ras Baraka reassured parents, schools and students via a press conference Tuesday that the city's water supply is safe to consume.

Both the city and the DEP noted that parents shouldn't be concerned about students' water and food consumption, but some parents took matters into their own hands until the school's water supply is back to normal.

If parents have any concerns, children can get a free blood test to measure the level of lead in their blood by contacting the Newark Health Department.

There's no word on how long it will take for the water to return to a safe level for consumption.

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