Senate panel advances bills on lead service lines, water infrastructure upgrades

Lead water pipe under construction, Newark

JON HURDLE / NJ SPOTLIGHT – A Senate panel approved five bills designed to advance state efforts to reduce the public’s exposure to lead in drinking water while strengthening requirements on utilities to report their plans to upgrade or replace aging pipe networks.

One of the bills (S-253), passed by the Urban and Community Affairs Committee on Monday, would require public water systems to develop inventories of their lead service lines — the pipes that run to a private house from a water main — and report them to state officials.

Another (S-320) would require anyone selling a house to disclose the presence of lead plumbing and lead service lines.

And a third bill (S-647) would step up requirements on utilities for reporting their efforts to maintain and upgrade their water networks to the state Department of Environmental Protection …

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