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JWW Lead in Drinking Water Task Force Releases Report

On Oct. 10 at Thomas Edison State University, the Jersey Water Works Lead in Drinking Water Task Force released its final recommendations report: Lead in Drinking Water: A Permanent Solution for New Jersey. Chris Daggett, chair of the task force, outlined the recommended actions New Jersey can take to virtually 3d-render-tap-running-water-260nw-186849122eliminate lead in drinking water over 10 years. Governor Phil Murphy joined the event to announce a comprehensive strategy to address lead exposure in New Jersey. Governor Murphy addressed some key recommendations from the task force's report, including:
  • A coordinated state-level strategy to address lead from all sources: water, paint, and soil
  • A plan to eliminate lead service lines within 10 years
  • Funding solutions including a $500 million state funding program and authorization of rate-recovery for investor-owned water utilities
  • Testing of lead in homes, schools and daycare facilities that includes notification and disclosure for residents, including homeowners and renters
  • Improving lead service line inventories
Since December 2018, the task force worked to determine practical, cost-effective, equitable, and permanent solutions that will ensure people across the state can access drinking water free from the risks of lead.
 
The fifth annual Jersey Water Works Conference will feature a session focused on the lead task force report and its implementation. Task force members will discuss challenges, their comprehensive package of solutions, and will engage the audience in reviewing progress on implementation and ways to move forward.

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