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More than eight months after officials in Newark, New Jersey, began handing out nearly 40,000 filters Online Cigarettes Store USA to help protect residents from elevated levels of lead, tests of three homes containing filters earlier this month showed that elevated lead levels in the water remained.
In a letter to Newark officials issued Friday, the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) said bottled water should be provided to residents "as soon as possible."
"The data suggest that use of the specific filtration devices distributed Cheap Newport Cigarettes Online Sale by Newark may not be reliably effective, in this particular situation, in reducing lead concentrations to below that standard. This means that we are unable at this time to assure Newark residents that their heath is fully protected when drinking tap water filtered through these devices," the EPA said in its letter.Gov. Phil Murphy and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka released a joint statement Sunday evening stating they will be giving out bottled water to residents who have lead service lines, adding that they will need "support and assistance from the federal government if bottled water is to be provided and distributed to impacted residents."
For nearly three years, Newark has been battling a lead crisis. Since last October, the city has distributed Cheap Newport 100s Cigarettes Website 38,000 PUR filters to residents who have water flowing through old lead pipes -- some of which are more than 100 years old.However, tests done by the EPA in three homes using the filters found that two showed lead levels exceeding 15 parts per billion, the federal and state drinking water standard. While officials have acknowledged the small sample size used in this testing as part of a larger ongoing study by the city of Newark to determine the effectiveness of their new corrosion control treatment, in a statement to ABC News, an EPA spokesperson said that "out of an abundance of caution" residents should use water bottles for drinking and cooking.