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Newark's schools are getting a $7.5 million federal grant to upgrade water infrastructure and eliminate lead from its drinking supply.
Lead leaches into the water from old pipes and fixtures still present in many of the buildings that, on average, are 95 years old.
Newark Schools Superintendent Roger Leon said the money from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, "will undoubtedly move us from mitigating to eliminating."
High levels of lead were first reported in the schools in 2016 and since then the district has spent millions of dollars rolling out testing programs and installing filters at water fountains and kitchen sinks.
"We have installed lead reduction filters...on every drinking fountain and every potable water, the areas where they prepare food, so anyone drinking the water can be assured its safe," said Steven Morlino, director of facilities management for Newark schools.
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