Welcome to Jersey WaterCheck’s evaluation center — the Benchmark Hub.

The Benchmark Hub helps utility managers and state leaders dive into the factors that contribute to the need for water infrastructure investment. Here you will find the details, measures, reports, results, and data that we’ve gathered for every water and wastewater system in the state.

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Met drinking water standards that protect against harmful bacteria (system-level)

This measure is a regulatory requirement.

At an individual system level, this metric shows whether the drinking water system was routinely below the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for E. coli for the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR) regulatory limits according to NJ primary drinking water standards. The primary drinking water standards (i.e., MCLs) under the federal and state Safe Drinking Water Act are the minimum considered necessary for maintenance of public health and to ensure safe drinking water for consumers. All federal drinking water regulations are automatically adopted into New Jersey regulations by reference.

For the purpose of this dashboard, a “Yes” response indicates that there was no exceedance of the MCL for E. coli. A “No” response indicates that the system was reported by NJDEP to have had at least one exceedance of the MCL for E. coli. Reporting/monitoring violations were not counted.

Note: All water has bacteria. Presence of bacteria does not necessarily mean water is unsafe to drink. Only disease-causing bacteria lead to disease. This metric shows how well your system is meeting regulatory requirements to ensure water is potable and bacteria does not exceed a set limit as per regulation. All systems have to test throughout the year to ensure they are within regulatory limits. The information for this metric is updated annually using data from NJDEP, so it may not represent current conditions. Utilities may have already resolved or started to resolve identified issues.

To learn more, please read the relevant individual system’s Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) (found on the system page) or visit NJDEP Drinking WaterWatch for additional updated details that this dashboard does not provide.

Data Source: NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

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