Newark, New Jersey has a serious problem when it comes to their water: it's not safe for human consumption in any way!
The city's water is contaminated with elevated levels of lead which can damage a child's health and has been linked to serious, irreversible damage to developing brains. Residents have been advised that the should not drink the water or use it to cook meals.
On Monday the Essex County Improvement Authority announced that they will lend $120 million to the city of Newark to replace pipes that are contaminating water with lead and this will come at no cost to Newark residents, Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo Jr. said.
Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the city has already fixed about 770 lead-service lines, but this funding will speed up the process.