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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Utility sampling round of residential drinking water did not equal or exceed EPA action levels for lead (system-level)

This measure is a regulatory requirement.

At an individual system level, this metric shows whether the system has not exceeded the US EPA Action Level for lead in any sampling round in the most recent calendar year in accordance with the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The LCR requires that utilities sample drinking water in residences of high risk for lead (or other customers if insufficient high-risk households are available). The utility is required to take action if the 90th percentile result (e.g., for 100 samples, the 10th highest result) exceeds 15.5 parts per billion (ppb) of lead. Note that a water system can have a small number of samples above the action level, but not incur an action level exceedance if the 90th percentile level is below 15.5 ppb. Different systems have different monitoring schedules, ranging between semiannual, annual, or triennial, based on different factors related to that system’s specific history. 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 action level exceedance (ALE). A “No” response indicates that the system was reported by NJDEP to have had at least one instance of an ALE. When systems do not have a value for a given year, it means that they were not required to sample that year, likely because they are on a triennial sampling schedule.

Note: Data for this metric is only reporting on lead and not copper. 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 issues identified. 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 details that this dashboard does not provide.

Data Source: NJ Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP)

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