New Jersey finds 160,000 lead pipes in homes and businesses, so far

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MIKE CATALINI / AP / MORNING CALL – New Jersey’s first attempt to put together a comprehensive inventory of the type of lead pipes that caused a drinking water crisis in the state’s biggest city is underway, and so far has counted around 160,000 of the potentially toxic pipes at homes and businesses across the state, according to public records.

That figure is likely to climb as more data comes in. The data collected by the Department of Environmental Protection includes a mix of complete and partial results from about three-quarters of the state’s nearly 600 water systems. A 2016 American Water Works Association survey estimated that twice as many of New Jersey’s homes and businesses get water through lead service lines …

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