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The Borough of Brooklawn Planning $1 Million in Repairs to Water Treatment Plant

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews


BROOKLAWN NJ (January 26, 2024)(CNBNews)--On January 24, 2024, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) issued another warning to the Brooklawn Water Department pertaining to the dangerously high levels of Perfluorononanoic Acid (PFNA) in the borough's drinking water. This was not the first time the NJDEP had contacted the Brooklawn Water Department about this issue. In fact, the NJDEP had already contacted the department on three different occasions in 2023: May 11, July 11, and September 12.

It was recently announced that consuming water containing PFNA in excess of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) over time is a serious health risk. Residents need to be aware that this harmful substance could lead to severe liver and kidney problems, weakened immunity, and reproductive issues in males. Pregnant women, in particular, should be cautious as drinking water with PFNA levels above the MCL over time may result in developmental delays in a fetus or infant. In other words, it is crucial to take immediate action to prevent any further exposure to this hazardous chemical.

The Borough, according to a notice on its website, applied for monies to fix the problem in 2022. As a result, they obtained $1 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to finance the upgrades to the treatment plant.  The borough anticipates that bids will be received for the project in March and the contract could be awarded in April. The Borough anticipates this matter will be resolved by the Fall. For more information, click here.


The following is from the Borough's website.

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The letter below was distributed throughout the borough earlier this week. 

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The NJDEP urged the borough to share the warning with all other people who drink this water, "especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail. "