Jersey City parents outraged over lead in schools

Many Jersey City parents attended a meeting tonight at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School to express outrage over plumbing at their children's schools.Officials

JERSEY CITY - Many Jersey City parents attended a meeting tonight at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School to express outrage over plumbing at their children's schools.

Officials say high levels of lead were discovered in the Jersey City Public School District in 2006 and many of the schools are still waiting for new pipes.

Parents say they're angry it's taking so long to fix the problem and that many students haven't been able to drink from school water fountains in years. In 2008, parents also formed a watchdog group due to the issue.

School officials say they have been monitoring the water ever since the problem was discovered and that water fountains are turned off when high levels are detected.

The school district also says it set aside $180,000 for new pipes and water filters and that work began over Christmas break to start replacing the old plumbing. They expect work to be completed by Easter.

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