• New Jersey Named One of EPA’s Four Lead Service Line Replacement Accelerators

    JWW Members Attend the “Get the Lead Out Partnership” Event at the White House

    The White House invited the Jersey Water Works (JWW) Lead In Drinking Water Taskforce and Lead Service Line Implementation Workgroup members Kareem Adeem (City of Newark) and Deandrah Cameron (New Jersey Future) for a kickoff event last Friday, January 27. NJ representatives included NJDEP Commissioner Shawn LaTourette, and were joined by experts from Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin for the launch of the Biden-Harris “Get the Lead Out Partnership

  • Jersey Waters Works Partners with NJ Water Association to Support Water Systems

    New Jersey Water Association and the Jersey Water Works (JWW) Lead Service Line Implementation Workgroup hosted an in-person Lead Service Line (LSL) Replacement Financing and Implementation workshop on May 24, 2023 Bringing together key experts and illustrated the cross-sector approach needed for equitable, efficient and effective LSL replacements ahead of annual reporting deadlines in July.

  • Primer For Mayors

    As a local official, you play a vital role in the safety and welfare of the people in your community. Lead service line replacement requires cross-sector collaboration among local, regional, and state agencies. This periodic primer from the Jersey Water Works Lead in Drinking Task Force and Lead Service Line Implementation Work Group provides an overview of ten lead service line efficiency measures and information on how to approach removing lead service lines in your community.

Replacing all Lead Service Lines in New Jersey by 2031

In July 2021, Governor Phil Murphy signed into law P.L.2021, Ch.183, which requires community water systems in NJ to identify all lead service lines, provide public notification regarding the presence of all lead service lines, and replace all lead service lines by 2031. Lead service line inventories must be posted on the websites of water systems by January 2022. The law includes a requirement for community water systems to notify residents who have lead service lines.

Jersey Water Works Lead in Drinking Water Task Force

The Jersey Water Works (JWW) Lead in Drinking Water Taskforce is a diverse group of 30 members from government entities, water utilities, academics, and environmental and public health organizations aligned to achieve practical, cost-effective, equitable, and permanent solutions to removing lead in drinking water. The group works to identify practical and politically feasible policy solutions around the key recommendations and functions in part with Lead-Free NJ (LFNJ), where it provides policy recommendations to aid in efforts to advocate for holistic solutions for a lead-safe environment The cross-collaboration and flow of information provide key insights to strength.

Tackling Lead Service Line Replacements

Utilities across the state of New Jersey prioritize the health and safety of their communities each day. In line with that priority, several steps have been taken to identify solutions and expedite lead service line replacements (LSLR).

Lead Service Line Implementation Workgroup

Jersey Water Works supports Water Systems in getting the lead out through the Lead Service Line Implementation Workgroup. The group comprises water utility officials, consultants, and public policy advocates working to identify and share practical ways to implement LSL replacement programs in New Jersey for all utilities, from large to small. The workgroup offers workshops and resources to maximize the number of water utilities in New Jersey that meet the statutory requirement (P.L.2021, c.183) for replacing LSLs, and do so in a cost-effective, efficient, and equitable manner.

Examples of What Communities Are Doing to Address Lead Service Lines

In New Jersey “Lead service line” means a water supply connection that is made of, or lined with, a material consisting of lead, and which connects a water main to a building inlet. A lead pigtail, lead gooseneck, or other lead fitting shall be considered to be a lead service line, regardless of the composition of the service line or other portions of piping to which such piece is attached. A galvanized service line shall be considered to be a lead service line. A lead service line may be owned by the public community water system, a property owner, or both.

Wondering how to know what your pipes are made of? Philadelphia Water shares how to check your water service line’s materials.

Federal and State Guidance for LSL Replacement

It’s important to be aware of federal and state guidance concerning LSLRs. Keeping each of these in mind will ensure your system follows all guidelines and is able to effectively serve its community.

Federal Guidance: USEPA on Developing and Maintaining Service Line Inventories

Click the link below to view EPA’s recommendations for developing and maintaining service line inventories. Utilities can use this guidance to comply with the requirements under the Lead and Copper Rule Revisions.

State Guidance: New Jersey Lead and Copper Legislation

The State of New Jersey has several requirements concerning lead service line replacements that utilities should be aware of. Significant legislation includes:

  • Under A-5343/S-3398, the State of New Jersey requires that all lead service lines be replaced by 2031. There is potential for a five-year extension after 2031.
  • Water utilities must replace 10% of their identified lead service lines annually, according to P.L. 2021, c.183, which was enacted in July 2021.

Keeping up with important dates and deadlines is essential for navigating this legislation effectively. Click here for more information about key dates pertaining to the LSLR laws:

Lead Service Line Resources and Tools for Municipal Leaders

Lead Service Line Primers for Mayors

These primers outline key information about lead service line efficiency measures that New Jersey local officials should understand.

Procurement Toolkit Draft for Request for Qualifications

This draft scope for an RFQ will set you up to identify consultants who have the necessary experience to administer either individual aspects or the entirety of the federal and state Lead and Copper Rule Revisions, including a lead service line replacement program.

Alternative Procurement Options for Lead Service Line Replacement

Use this publication to explore what alternative contracting techniques could make your work cost-effective and timely.

Model Ordinance: Access to Private Property

Interested in making LSLRs mandatory? This model ordinance authorizing public access to private property for LSLR was drafted from several sources, including the existing law enacted by the City of Newark, NJ.

Fifth Liter Sampling

This report explains the differences between the most common methods of water sampling and clarifies some of the questions clean water advocates may have about the implementation of the fifth liter sampling method.