Newark health fair offers residents free lead screenings

Problem solving related to lead in the water has absorbed the time and attention of Newark officials, who held a health fair and information session for residents Wednesday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

Residents were able to get free lead screenings and sign up for new water lines ahead of a town hall the city is holding to discuss the city’s ongoing water issues.

“Some people don’t want to go to the doctor, so this may be the closest thing they get,” said Newark resident Mildred Wiggins. “It’s very informative for the community and it should be done more often.”

Several city departments were present at the fair, as was the PUR Water Company, which offered instructions to attendees on how to properly install the filters it distributed to city residents.

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