Newark says city's drinking water failed to meet state and federal standards

Residents in Newark have been told that their water may not have met state and federal drinking water regulations for the last three years. The

Residents in Newark have been told that their

Residents in Newark have been told that their water may not have met state and federal drinking water regulations for the last three years. (Credit: News 12 New Jersey)

NEWARK - Residents in Newark have been told that their water may not have met state and federal drinking water regulations for the last three years.  

The city has sent out a notice that monitoring did not meet those standards and could be the cause of various waterborne illnesses, resulting in nausea, headaches or cramps.

The letter says that anyone drinking the water was at risk between January 2011 and April 17, 2014. 

The news has residents steamed. Clara Yates lives along Salem Street and has not yet received this letter, even though it's dated May 1. "Why couldn't I be alerted when the problem is occuring?" she asks. "Don't let me know after the fact."

In the letter, Newark officials say they "failed to properly monitor turbidity (cloudiness)" in the drinking water and that the "turbidity or the cloudiness of the water, can interfere with disinfection." It also explains that "turbidity may indicate the presence of disease-causing organisms."

Newark's water is taken from the Charlotteburg Reservoir in Kinnelon, where it is filtered. It is there that the city says it failed to properly monitor filters.

Yates worries about the impact the water could have had on her 1-year-old nephew. "They drink the water. This is how they grow," she says. "Has anything gone wrong where my baby has been contaminated?"

The city says that anyone with concerns should see their doctor. 

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Video: Preparing White House for new president 'organized 1 Video: Preparing White House for new president 'organized chaos'
From a businessman in Atlantic City to president 2 From businessman to president, a look at Donald Trump's journey
Workers help build a deck for Boonton resident 3 Nonprofit group builds deck for disabled veteran
Connor Mills is today's Scholar Athlete. 4 Scholar Athlete - Connor Mills
Jersey Weekend Buzz 5 Jersey Weekend Buzz

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

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