Lawmakers want inventory of lead service lines in public water systems

new jersey environment news, water

TOM JOHNSON / NJ SPOTLIGHT – In a step to get a better handle on the extent of lead contamination in New Jersey’s drinking water, a Senate committee yesterday passed a bill that would require public water systems to inventory the number of lead service lines in their systems.

Supporters of the legislation (S-1783) say it would help the state and local residents better understand the scope and magnitude of lead contamination in water, a problem that officials mostly attribute to lead service lines, which connect customers’ homes with water mains in the street.

Recent disclosures underscore lead in drinking water as a statewide problem, not just limited to urban areas with aging water infrastructure …

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