Lead that gets into drinking water from old water pipes can cause serious health problems.
New Jersey lawmakers are considering legislation that would help assess the extent of that hazard.
A bill advanced by an Assembly committee would require public water systems to submit a list of lead service lines in their distribution system to the Department of Environmental Protection.
Chris Sturm with New Jersey Future says that’s an important step.
“It would set New Jersey communities on the path to understanding where those lead service lines are, cost estimates for how to replace them. It would also empower homeowners to know what they’re dealing with.”
Henry Gajda with the New Jersey League of Conservation Voters also supports the measure.
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