Governor stresses unsafe lead levels in NJ water but offers no quick fixes

new jersey environment news, water

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – Gov. Phil Murphy yesterday said it is time to focus on New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure, a problem most dramatically underscored by the statewide contamination of drinking water with unsafe levels of lead.

“More than 1.5 million residents — north, central, and south, rural and urban — are currently serviced by water with elevated lead levels,’’ Murphy said in his State of the State address, but he offered no new initiatives to deal with the problem.

The estimate is higher than previous projections by the state and appears to be a result of more aggressive testing of public drinking supplies by public water companies, schools, and others. For instance, Suez North American, a major supplier of water in northern New Jersey, recently found at least 15 of 108 samples with elevated lead levels, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection …

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