High Lead Levels

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It’s a weeknight in Newark’s West Ward.  Roughly two dozen residents sit patiently waiting for city Department of Water and Sewer Utilities officials to start a presentation.

“About the water updates and the lead service line replacement discussion,” announces a city official, asking residents to take their seats.

“My home has been tested,” said Daniel Gibson, a retired West Ward resident.  “I do have a lead service line and I’m awaiting the city coming in to take it out.”

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Filling in tonight for host (WNYC's) Nancy Solomon is WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

Governor Murphy and Doyle will discuss such issues as vaping, lead in drinking water, NJ Transit and much more on the one-hour monthly show.  Submit your questions in advance at AskGovMurphy.org.

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The city of Newark has taken several major steps in recent weeks towards replacing lead service lines in homes.  Essex County issued a 120-million-dollar bond for the city to speed up the process.  And Mayor Ras Baraka recently announced a lease deal made with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for 155 million dollars to help pay for it.

Baraka says Newark is the only city in New Jersey with a plan to fix every lead service line.

On the latest edition of the show, Gov. Murphy speaks with WNYC’s Nancy Solomon about the tap water situation in Newark. The Governor emphasizes that it’s not just a local problem but a national crisis, with so many towns and cities using old lead pipes.

The Governor also addresses storm preparedness for Dorian, his endoresement of US Senator Cory Booker of NJ for president, and the American Dream Meadowlands shopping center.

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Cars are parked with their emergency lights on in front of the Vince Lombardi Center in Newark’s north ward.  Brawny men use hand trucks to cart cases of water from the building to the cars, loading them in for residents.

“We’re giving out water as precaution, I think the distribution centers are moving excellently,” said Mayor Ras Baraka taking questions from reporters.  

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On the most recent edition of Ask Governor Murphy on WBGO, Goveror Murphy spoke with host Nancy Solomon about what's being done about the high levels of lead in Newark's drinking water.  Governor Murphy made it clear that it's not just a local problem, but a national crisis with so many towns and cities using old lead pipes.

Click above to hear Governor Murphy from the August 14 edition of Ask Governor Murphy.