On Thursday, Gov. Phil Murphy signed three bills that aim to replace every single lead water pipe in the state within the next decade. The $2.65 billion effort will be paid for via water companies and perhaps federal funding. This makes New Jersey the first state in the nation to have a "hard target" to get rid of lead pipes, an expert at New Jersey Policy Perspective says. (NorthJersey
- "[The project to rid the state of lead water service lines is] not going to just be wishful thinking. It's going to be an achievable and an affordable reality," Gov. Phil Murphy said. "We're going to ensure that every water service line that contains lead is properly catalogued and then removed."