N.J. says officials rigged water samples

NEWARK — Two top officials at a northern New Jersey municipal water authority falsified records and shut down contaminated wells in advance of safety tests to hide elevated levels of a contaminant, the state attorney general’s office charged in an indictment released Wednesday.

The indictment was handed up Tuesday against 58-year-old Harry Mansmann of Lawrenceville, the executive director of the East Orange Water Commission, and assistant executive director and engineer William Mowell, 51, of Wyckoff.

They are charged with conspiracy, records tampering, unlawfully releasing toxic pollutants, and multiple counts of official misconduct and violating state environmental laws.


The water authority serves about 90,000 customers.

Associated Press