The US city that proves replacing lead water lines needn’t be a pipe dream

The US city that proves replacing lead water lines needn’t be a pipe dream

Newark, New Jersey, has removed more than 20,000 lead water lines while the White House pushes national plan

  • This story is co-published with Ensia

In July 2018, tests showed that the drinking water supply serving Yvette Jordan’s home in Newark, New Jersey, contained nearly 45 parts per billion (ppb) of lead – three times the US Environmental Protection Agency’s action level for the neurotoxic heavy metal.

It was a similar story for many families across her city. A lead crisis had struck Newark, and it was drawing comparisons to the tainted water that devastated Flint, Michigan, a few years earlier.

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