New Jersey Water Utilities Begin Acting on Groundbreaking Lead Service Line Legislation


RIDGEWOOD, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New Jersey’s water utilities have taken the first steps to identify and remove lead-containing service lines from the state, in accordance with New Jersey’s groundbreaking legislation to reduce lead in water drinkable to improve public health. As noted by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Water Works Association, in the coming weeks certified letters will be sent to all customers who have a known service line containing lead, advising them of their potential exposure to lead and options to reduce their exposure. The utilities will offer to replace the lead and galvanized steel service lines by 2031, including the portion owned by the utility and the portion owned by the private owner.

The State of New Jersey passed a law in July 2021 requiring the removal of all lead or galvanized steel service lines and all lead connectors within 10 years. With this groundbreaking legislation, New Jersey will be the first state in the United States to remove all lead and galvanized service lines. The letters are one of two steps outlined in legislation that will affect New Jersey water customers this year. Utilities are also required to create and update inventories of watermain equipment, made available to the public by January 22, 2022. For utilities serving more than 3,300 customers, inventories are hosted on the water utility or municipal website. Utilities will also contact customers whose materials are listed as “unknown” in inventory to identify materials on the utility and private owned sides of the service line and update inventory accordingly.

For more information about the New Jersey Chapter of the AWWA, visit www.njawwa.org.

For more information on New Jersey’s lead service line legislation, see this New Jersey.com article on the legislation.

For more information on lead in drinking water, watch this AWWA video “Getting the Lead Out”

For more information on how to mitigate the public health risk from lead service lines, visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s webpage on lead in drinking water.

For more information on how to identify if you have a lead or galvanized service line, visit NPR’s interactive tool.

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