Newark Water Crisis
Water Distribution Sites and other Resources
Pregnant women and families with children under six years of age, can pick up two cases of bottled water every two weeks, Monday through Friday at the Newark Health Department WIC Program and the Shani Baraka Women’s Resource Center.
The Newark WIC Program at the Department of Health and Community Wellness, located on 110 Williams St., will be distributing bottled water Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday from 8:30 am to 6:30 pm; and the second and fourth Saturday of every month from 9 am to 2 pm.
At the Shani Baraka Center, located at 300 Clinton Avenue, water will be available Monday through Friday from 9 am to 5 pm.
Water Filter Distribution
The City of Newark has initiated a program to distribute water filters to Newark residents. There are seven distribution centers located throughout the city where residents can obtain a filter, and canvassers are also delivering filters door-to-door. Learn more.
Call (973) 733-6370 for a free water lead test.
Lead Service Line Replacement Program
Newark’s water is lead free when it leaves the city’s water treatment plants and travels through the water mains in the streets. However, when it travels through the water service pipes that connect from the water main on the street to the water taps in homes, it comes in contact with lead materials in the water service line and the residential plumbing. The City of Newark is implementing several city wide programs to reduce or eliminate lead concentrations at the customer’s tap. Learn more about what is being done.
Fifty lead service lines each day are now being replaced in Newark. The city is aiming to replace 18,000 lead service lines in approximately 24 to 30 months.
With a $120 million bond backed by Essex County, the city will replace the lines with no cost to residents. When the job is completed, Newark will be the first city in the Northeast and only the third in the country to replace all lead service lines.
Learn more about lead poisoning.