NJ's largest city sued over lead tainting its tap water

Two years ago, state and district officials shut off water fountains at 30 schools in Newark in response to testing that showed elevated levels of lead, a heavy metal that irreversibly stunts the development of a growing child's body and mind.

Now, an environmental organization and group of Newark school teachers are preparing to sue the city and the state, claiming that the tainted water problem has continued unabated.

The city denies the assertion that its water is unsafe, calling it "absolutely and outrageously false."