(Reuters) – Temporary water filters installed in homes in New Jersey’s largest city of Newark are at least 97 percent effective in reducing lead in drinking water, officials said on Monday, but that doesn’t mean the water is safe to drink.
Testing carried out on 1,700 samples taken from 300 homes showed the filters were 97% effective immediately “the moment the tap is opened” and 99% effective after “five minutes of flushing,” Governor Phil Murphy told a news conference.
Independent experts considered the test results positive as a stopgap measure but noted the efficiency standard of 10 parts per billion, the level at which the filters are certified, was not a standard for safety.
“The filters are reliable, especially if they’re used as directed and used in combination with flushing,” New Jersey Environmental Commissioner Catherine McCabe told Reuters.
But she added: “That is not a standard that is considered safe or that has any meaning in either federal or…
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