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Water Worries

The city of Newark gives out bottled water to residents on August 13. SPENCER PLATT—GETTY IMAGES

There is a problem with the water in Newark, New Jersey. The water has toxic levels of lead. It is unsafe to drink. In mid-August, Newark began providing bottled water to 15,000 homes.

Newark’s pipes are old and worn down. Lead from the pipes has gotten into the water. Officials say they are trying to fix the problem. But Newark residents are angry. They are protesting. They are demanding clean water to cook with and drink. Phil Murphy is the governor of New Jersey. He spoke at an August 14 press conference. “Access to clean and safe drinking water is a fundamental right,” he said.