NJ’s lead water pipes a billion-dollar concern without a solution

MICHAEL SYMONS / NJ 101.5 – At a Thursday budget hearing at the Statehouse, a lot of concern though no ambitious solutions about how to deal with lead leaching into drinking water through old service lines.

The American Water Works Association estimates there are 350,000 homes and businesses served by lead service lines in New Jersey. Replacements can cost $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the location and complexity.

At an average cost of $6,500, that would translate to $2.3 billion – plus the costs of identifying them. Across the state’s entire water infrastructure system, the Environmental Protection Agency has said the cost for needed upgrades could exceed $40 billion over 20 years …

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