Response to Lead Contamination in Water Supply of Newark, NJ, Takes a New Turn
City and state officials said water does not expire and were only labeled as such for production purposes.
"That dating of water is not mandatory and has nothing to do with health aspects of the water," Newark spokesman Frank Baraff said.
Distribution was stopped until new water supplies arrived in the evening, but the public was still welcome to pick up the older bottles in the meantime.
"We are distributing with them a letter from the ( Department of Health ) attesting to fact that there is no issue," Baraff said. "Some people are rejecting the water, some people are accepting it."
The water distribution plan was put into action after two of three tested homes had water filters not removing lead. Even with a small sample size, the Environmental Protection Agency urged the city to offer bottled water to any resident with a lead service line except residents in the East Ward whose service lines are not affected.
Several people reported being turned away from distribution centers because of the expired water bottles, NJ.com reported.
Distribution will continue until at least Friday as more homes are tested and the cause of the failing filters is discovered.
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