Payne, Jr. Statement on Reports of Lead Found in Drinking Water at Newark Public Schools

Mar 9, 2016 Issues: Local Issues

Newark, N.J. – Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) issued the following statement today in response to reports of elevated lead levels found in the drinking water at 30 Newark public schools:

“I was troubled to learn that elevated levels of lead were found in the drinking water at Newark’s schools.

While the state’s Department of Environmental Protection has indicated that the water system poses no health risks to our students, the situation underscores the need for action to fix or replace lead-contaminated water pipes that threaten the city’s safety.

I traveled to Flint, Michigan last week to raise awareness of that city’s water crisis. The last thing I want to see is a repeat of that crisis in my home city.”