New Jersey residents, here’s an important public service safety announcement.

Be on the lookout for a letter that is being sent out this Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

The letters are going out to nearly 200,000 New Jersey residents, who currently receive their drinking water through lead pipes.

New Jersey state law requires that lead pipes must be replaced, as the DEP confirms on their website that “there is no safe level of lead in drinking water or elsewhere,” said Shawn LaTourette, the New Jersey DEP Commissioner. “It poses significant threat particularly to our children, and we have to eliminate it where we find it.”

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Towards that end, the New Jersey DEP knows that there are another 1,084,258 unknown lead service lines, according to the NJDEP.

New Jersey state law requires that known lead pipe lines must be replaced by 2031.

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The letters  are being sent out as required by law under the “Lead Service Line Replacement Law.”

The legislation requires that all water systems are required to notify property owners and tenants of lead pipe lines.

SOURCE: New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

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