The Newark Water Coalition is an advocacy group that has declared the Newark water contamination crisis a Public Health Emergency. 


We are working together to inform and educate the residents and other consumers about the dangers and ailments that are associated with the contaminants in the water. 


We are calling on our government stakeholders, healthcare providers, faith and community based organizations to make this public health crisis a priority, allocate adequate funding to fix our infrastructure and Clean Water now!!! 

Newark Water Coalition Demands: 


1. Every residence needs to be provided with a point of entry filter until the pipes are replaced! 

2. Blood testing for all residents in all wards! 

3. A fully funded, comprehensive treatment plan available for residents with lead poisoning for a minimum of 10 years! 

4. No one in Newark should have to pay a water utility bill until their home water lead level is reliable at zero for service and main lines! 

5. Mandatory independent testing and monitoring in every household and apartments. Test the pipes in house, the supply to the house and the street pipe. This information will be delivered to the individuals, even renters.


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Get your water tested! The only verifiable way to know if you have lead is to test your home! There are a few ways to go about this. The first way is to contact the city of Newark's water department. You can contact the Lead Service Line Replacement Team at (973) 733-6303 or email The second way is asking the Newark Water Coalition for a test kit at Rutgers has offered lead testing kits at no charge to the residents. The third way is to contact a lab to see if they can test your water. This way comes at a cost to the resident.  The DEP has a list of certified labs here. The reason that may want to use a certified lab is if you planning on filing a lawsuit. Only results from certified labs are admissible. There are other ways to test your home. This is the first step in determining if you have a problem. 


Doing your own research is so important in educating others on the crisis. The most important website to use is the DEP's water watch website which can be found here. For Newark you can type in "Newark" under the water system name and click enter.  Three water systems will come and the first link is for the city of Newark. The violations and chemical compositions of the city's water comes up and you can also find out who the city sells its water too. The more facts you are aware of the better off you are and can protect yourself and family.