5-24-16 Education in the News

Star Ledger--Which N.J. schools have found lead in their water?

In the wake of the disclosure of elevated lead levels in some Newark public schools for the past four years, numerous districts in the Garden State have started testing their water and nearly a dozen have found lead in excess of the federal limit.

Thirty-eight public schools in Newark have lead levels over the federal limit of 15 parts per billion, and some school officials have known about the elevated levels since 2012.

Large school districts such as Paterson, Parsippany-Troy Hills and New Brunswick have also reported lead levels exceeding the federal limit. Fourteen out of 45 Paterson public schools were found to have elevated lead levels, compared to seven Parsippany schools and six New Brunswick schools.

However, one Parsippany school, Lake Hiawatha Elementary School, had a water source more than 100 times over the federal limit.


Justin Zaremba | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com| May 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM, updated May 23, 2016 at 10:21 AM