Newark line replacement program participants remain on edge about water safety

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Many Newark residents are participating in the city's Lead Service Line Replacement Program, but are those who are taking part in it feeling better about their water?

The city says since March, over 700 lead service lines on private property have been replaced. They say the program aims to replace approximately 15,000 lead service lines across the city.

One West Ward resident says his line was replaced two months ago. Although he was satisfied with the process, he says "the water still ain't right."

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Carissa Phillips was among a few residents News 12 spoke to who said despite having the line replacement, they refuse to drink the water, opting for bottled water instead.

Newark's director of communications says to rest assured that "after the service lines are replaced, for the next two weeks or so, there is a possibility of some lead residual remaining in the interior pipes of the house. After that is flushed out, there is no longer a lead issue."

Anyone with concerns may also request their water be tested.

The city says the cost of the work to residents will not exceed $1,000, pending available funding.

 

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