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Newark, New Jersey 

NWC at The Institute of Intriguing Minds

205 Irvine Turner Blvd, Newark, NJ 07108




Clean water supports early childhood development


Since 2016, The Institute of Intriguing Minds has expanded from one to four campuses across Newark. In all five years, The Institute hasn’t felt comfortable letting the children drink tap water because of Newark’s known lead contamination issues. The Institute has had to dedicate precious educational space, not to mention significant funding, to an ongoing stock of plastic water bottles.



Operated in partnership with the Newark Water Coalition, The Water Box at the Institute of Intriguing Minds replaces the cases of bottled water that were stacked along walls of classrooms. The money previously spent by The Institute on bottled water can be dedicated to things like hiring staff and purchasing learning materials. And The Institute has activated their wide network on social media, as well as the childcare app that connects to parents, to invite other community members to use the Water Box.  You can find out more about The Institute of Intriguing Minds at

The Water Box at The Institute of Intriguing Minds in Newark, NJ was made possible by a donation from the Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation on behalf of Bob and Renee Parsons.

Water Box Impact


Single-use 16 oz. plastic bottles replaced



Gallons of clean water distributed



Kilograms of greenhouse gasses avoided

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Water Test Results

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