July 17, 2019
From Flint to Newark: Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha Talks Lead in Drinking Water
NEWARK, NJ (July 15, 2019) – Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, the Flint pediatrician who used science to prove Flint kids were exposed to lead through drinking water, will speak at a public event on Wednesday evening, July 17th, in Newark, which faces its own drinking water crisis. Dr. Hanna-Attisha is expected to share her first-hand account of the Flint water crisis and her role – as an immigrant, a doctor, and a scientist – in helping turn the Flint crisis around.
After hearing Dr. Hanna-Attisha’s presentation, Newark residents will share their experiences with Newark’s own drinking water crisis. In addition, there will be filter installation demonstrations and free filters will be distributed to eligible residents, as available.
Safe Water for Newark:
East Ward Community Forum & Filter Distribution Event
Date & Time: Wednesday, July 17, 6:30 pm — 9 pm
Location: St Stephan’s Church, 7 Wilson Ave, Newark, NJ 07105
Lead-contaminated drinking water is an issue in Flint and beyond, including Newark. Levels of lead in Newark’s drinking water are more than three times the federal action level – the level that triggers government action. Since June 2017, Newark has received five notices of noncompliance for exceeding the federal action level, yet levels continue to rise.
NRDC and the NEW Caucus, a group of public school educators, have taken officials from the City of Newark and State of New Jersey to court to ensure that Newark residents have access to safe, clean drinking water every time they turn on the tap.
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