A 10-Year Plan to Eliminate Lead in NJ’s Drinking Water
Highlights from a report by Jersey Water Works
New Jerseyans deserve a safe, healthy environment to reach their full potential. The dangers of lead exposure have been known for decades, yet it continues to present a major health risk, particularly to young children and pregnant women. These risks include developmental delays, learning difficulties, behavioral problems, and mood disorders, and they persist long after exposure to lead has ceased. Although paint is the leading source of lead exposure, water is also a significant source, especially for infants fed with formula mad e with tap water that contains lead.
Lead service lines (LSLs), the hose-sized pipes that connect water mains under streets to homes and buildings, exist in communities across the state in both densely populated and suburban areas. As of August 2019,104 water systems have reported the presence of LSLs in their service areas. This number will grow as more LSLs are discovered by water systems. This is a statewide problem that requires a statewide solution. LSLs are responsible for 50% to 75% of lead -in-water contamination, and, as we’ve seen, interim measures like corrosion control and filters are not fail-safe.To continue reading this article visit page 6 (with subscription).To continue reading this article visit page 6 (without subscription).