Where are the lead lines in New Jersey’s drinking water systems? No one knows for sure.

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SCOTT FALLON / NORTHJERSEY.COM – Amid a growing concern over elevated lead levels in some of New Jersey’s largest drinking water systems, water utilities are discovering a gaping hole as they try to assess the full scale of the problem.

They don’t know how many lead pipes are in their systems — or where they are located.

Poor records — and sometimes even no records — on the composition of decades-old pipes has hampered efforts to identify areas with the greatest concentration of lead and which customers are most at risk from a metal that can cause harm even at low levels …

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