8 Newark school facilities show high levels of lead contamination in drinking water

Lead testing results have been released for some school buildings in Newark that tested positive for high levels of lead in the drinking water.

Eight facilities used by Newark's public school district and its charter schools tested positive for high levels of lead in the water.

Eight facilities used by Newark's public school district and its charter schools tested positive for high levels of lead in the water. (3/31/16)

NEWARK - Lead testing results have been released for some school buildings in Newark that tested positive for high levels of lead in the drinking water.

The initial test results showed that there were elevated levels of lead at eight facilities used by Newark public and charter schools.

These results are the first phase of additional testing following the discovery that 30 Newark schools had unsafe levels of lead contamination in the drinking water.

The eight sites in the most recent round of testing included buildings leased to charter schools, a transportation hub, student center and athletic facilities.  These sites were chosen because they were deemed high priority.

The results showed that 324 samples were taken from 16 drinking sources and about five percent of those sources had elevated lead.

Newark officials say that the city's new strategy for testing will look for lead at every available water source in every building, as opposed to previous tests which took a sample of approximately 10 locations across each building.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Police in Asbury Park calling for cease fire 1 Police in Asbury Park call for cease-fire after shootings
Police worked with the prosecutor's office to conduct 2 Father speaks out against Asbury Park crime
Anti-bear hunt supporters gathered at Andover Municipal Court 3 Bear hunt protester to serve 10-day jail sentence
VIDEO: Man reunited with missing wedding ring 4 VIDEO: Man reunited with missing wedding ring
Friday Night Football - Championships 5 Friday Night Football: Championships

advertisement | advertise on News 12

More News

Lawmakers call for lead testing in all New Lawmakers call for lead testing in all NJ schools

All schools in New Jersey would have to immediately test drinking water for lead contamination

Water filters like this one would help prevent KIYC: Reducing lead in your drinking water – Part 3

This week, Kane in Your Corner investigated how lead can get in your drinking water,

Kane In Your Corner asks what levels of KIYC: What are ‘safe’ levels of lead in water? – Part 2

A Kane In Your Corner investigation finds government limits on lead in drinking water may

Kane In Your Corner investigates how safe New KIYC: Testing New Jersey’s drinking water for lead - Part 1

State and federal laws regulating drinking water are not enough to protect against potentially unsafe

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE