Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka speaks during “The State of Water” town hall held Oct. 2, 2019, in the Prudential Hall of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey. Starting next Tuesday, most Newark residents will no longer be able to pick up bottled water and should resume using city-issued filters to reduce lead levels in the tap, Mayor Ras Baraka said. “Our message is simple: the filters work, use the filters,” Baraka said in a statement on Friday, after preliminary testing showed most of the filters worked to reduce lead in the drinking supply. “Those numbers make us comfortable to move forward without bottled water.” Pregnant women and families with young children six years old or younger will still be able to pick up two cases of water every two weeks. The contaminant is particularly harmful for a child’s development and cognition. Newark has distributed more than 123,000 cases of bottled water since Aug. 12 after initial sampling found two of three tested filters were not lowering lead levels in the water as expected. There is no safe level of lead but the federal government sets an allowable threshold of 15 parts per billion. Additional t...