Newark's Faulty Filters

Newark, New Jersey is handing out bottled water this week after the city’s “fleeting solution” to lead contamination in the drinking water supply was flagged by the EPA, NPR’s Sasha Ingber reports.
 
In an attempt to mitigate the problem last fall, the city distributed some 40,000 water filters, promising residents that they could strip 99% of lead from their water supply. Recent tests indicated otherwise, showing lead levels over the federal standard of 15 parts per billion.
 
There are calls for Newark Mayor Ras Baraka to resign amid the renewed crisis—which like the Flint, Michigan water crisis, mainly affects black and lower-income residents, according to HuffPost.

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