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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
DO YOUR RESEARCH!
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.