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Letter From Mayor Baraka on School Water



March 10, 2016


Mayor Ras J. Baraka’s Letter to Parents on Lead in Newark Public Schools’ Water


Dear Concerned Newark Parents,

As you have learned by now, nearly half of the schools in the Newark Public School District have been affected by elevated levels of lead that were found in water sourced for water fountains and sinks. We take these matters seriously, as the health and safety of all of our citizens is our foremost priority.

However, let me begin by saying that the WATER IN NEWARK HOMES AND BUSINESSES IS SAFE and you should in no way alter the ways in which you consume or use it in your daily regimen. Moreover, the elevated levels found in the samples do not rise to the level of critical nor dangerous.

Here is what you need to know about water quality in our schools. Please share this information with your neighbors, family and friends:

I am also asking Newarkers to donate two (2) cases of water to be used in the schools. Water may be donated to the schools at any of the following locations:

Boylan Recreation Center 916 South Orange Avenue 973.733.8947 Monday-Friday 11:30-7:30pm Saturday 9:30am- 5:30pm
Sharpe James/Kenneth A. Gibson (Ironbound) Recreation Center 226 Rome Street 973.733.3707 Tuesday-Friday 9:30am -7:30pm Saturday 9:30am- 5:30pm Closed Mondays
John F. Kennedy Recreation Center 211 West Kinney St. 973.733.5483 Monday-Friday 9:30-7:30pm Saturday 9:30am- 5:30pm
Rotunda Recreation Center 75 Clifton Avenue 973.733.3677 Monday-Friday 11:30-7:30pm Saturday 9:30am- 5:30pm


We, as Newarkers, are resilient and we find strength in our unity. Together, let’s work together to assist our students and schools during this situation.


Yours in progress,


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Mayor Ras J. Baraka

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