Water Officials Indicted, Commission Fined
State Attorney General announces East Orange Water Commission executives charged with hiding high contaminant levels at agency that provides water supply for South Orange.
The state Attorney General’s Office announced two officials at the East Orange Water Commission were indicted Tuesday on charges they conspired to hide elevated levels of an industrial solvent in drinking water, according to an NJ.com report.
In February, the Attorney General’s Office said it had obtained indictments against the commission's executive director, Harry Mansmann, 58, of Lawrenceville, and its assistant executive director, William Mowell, 51, of Wyckoff. The two allegedly falsified records showing the levels of tetrachloroethene to indicate the water supply was meeting state safe drinking water standards.
Three weeks after the charges were brought, the state Department of Environmental Protection fined the utility $400,000 after they claimed the commission “manipulated” samples and test results to show the water, which serves South Orange and several other townships, had fewer contaminants than it really did, the report said.