Environmentalists say Newark water crisis shines light on larger lead issues

While officials scramble to respond to the recent revelation that nearly half of Newark schools have been using water contaminated with dangerous levels of lead, many environmentalists claims the issue should have been confronted long ago.

Jeff Tittel, Director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, issued a statement last week calling the findings at 30 Newark schools a "wake-up call" to a growing public health issue. He cited similar tests that uncovered lead in water lines at Morristown Medical Center, as well as supplies overseen by the Passaic Valley Water Commission, which brings water to towns across five North Jersey counties.