Mar 14, 2016, 4:57 pmMar 14, 2016, 8:39 pm

Testing to begin this week in Newark schools where lead was found in drinking water

Lawmakers in Trenton push to protect children, families from lead poisoning inside their homes

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Beginning this week the Department of Environmental Protection is implementing a water testing regimen in Newark schools which will “include all 67 school locations in the district, with initial sampling to take place in the 30 school district buildings that recorded elevated levels of lead on certain taps."

In a statement the DEP went on to say “every faucet or fountain in a school building where people can take a drink of water and every food preparation sink will be tested."

The Newark public schools also releasing a statement saying "we are continuing to compile and review all historical data to better understand the scope of this issue in previous years."

Meanwhile in Trenton on Monday, a Senate committee moved three bills forward to address potential toxic lead levels inside of people's homes - due to lead paint.

In 2015, in New Jersey alone there were over 3,000 new cases of children under the age of six with some level of lead poisoning.

As for the Newark school system, the DEP expects to start getting results back within a week.

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