The mayor of Bloomfield, city councilmen and lead experts updated residents on the effort to replace lead pipes found in homes.READ MORE: Times Square Shooting: Intense Manhunt Continues; Sources Say Shooter Known To Police For Illegal Vending In Area
The meeting comes as the neighboring city of Newark faces its own lead emergency.
Officials stressed Bloomfield gets its water straight from a reservoir and not from Newark.READ MORE: Mother's Day Bliss: Moms Enjoy A Day Of Pampering, Family And Fine Foods At Various NYC Restaurants
Bloomfield started handing out free filters last year after 16 homes tested positive for high lead levels.
“You can’t see it. You can’t taste it. You can’t smell it. The only way you’re gonna know it’s there is if it’s tested,” Bloomfield Township Administrator Matt Watkins said.MORE NEWS: Cyberattack Prompts Major Pipeline Operator To Halt Operations; What Will It Potentially Mean For Gas Prices?
The Bloomfield mayor says the city already replaced lead pipes in 45 homes and is working to fix another 20.