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Newark hands out bottled water after its filter program fails to fix lead problem
Officials in New Jersey`s largest city began offering bottled water Monday to residents who may have been drinking tap water contaminated with lead for months or possibly years. Newark is taking the advice of the US Environmental Protection Agency and providing bottled water from four city centers, Mayor Ras Baraka and Gov. Phil Murphy said in a joint statement. The city "has gradually gone from absolutely denying there are any lead problems to now admitting they have an issue," said Erik D. Olson, a drinking water expert at the Natural Resources Defense Council, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group that has taken legal action against the city.