Lead in drinking water in Bergen County and northern Hudson County has been found by Suez Water. Because I’ve been asked about this lately, I thought writing an article would be helpful.
Suez Water is the water utility company servicing almost all of Bergen County and northern Hudson County. On January 16th they published their findings in an article on their website and at a public press conference. They tested 108 homes and found 16 (15%) with elevated levels of lead in the drinking water. They also tested the water they were sending out and found no lead at all.
How Lead Gets Into Your Water
So how did this happen? Suez came up with two reasons –
- Many homes built before 1986 used lead pipes to connect to the water main
- Many homes have lead solder and fixtures
Suez will test any home for lead in their drinking water for free. Click here to find out how to get your home tested.
The Good News
You might not think of this as good news but if you own an affected home, you’re not alone. This is not a NJ or Bergen County problem. Homes built before 1986 number in the millions all over the US.
The good news is that you can do something about this. Today you can buy NSF rated water filters that remove lead and other contaminants from water. It’s up to you and your budget on the system you use. You can do whole house systems or just a sink faucet. While it’s several thousand dollars, you can replace that old lead water pipe in your lawn too.
The EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) has an entire section on lead in drinking water on their website. New Jersey’s DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) has a section on lead in drinking water as well on their website. Let’s not forget Suez Water either as another resource.
If you need more help, let me know.