Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Newark Archdiocese to Begin Testing Water in Its Schools

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Newark Archdiocese to Begin Testing Water in Its Schools

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Catholic schools in Bergen, Union, Essex and Hudson counties will have their drinking water tested for lead, the Archdiocese of Newark announced.

The archdiocese will test the school water in phases, first taking samples from 10 outlets in each location and making repairs where needed. If all 10 results show levels deemed safe, the next round of tests will take place within six months, during the next scheduled asbestos inspection.

Archbishop John J. Myers directed Newark schools to stop using tap water for cooking or drinking and to use only bottled water for those purposes until tests can be completed. The order comes amid reports of lead in water sources at 30 schools in the city. Data collected on archdiocesan schools in Newark so far "indicate that the level of lead in the water is safe in over 95 percent of all water spouts tests," the archdiocese said. …

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