We are pleased to advise our residents that NJ American Water, formerly Elizabethtown Water Company, has been taken steps to reduce the potential for lead to leach from your pipes into the water since the mid-1990s.
NJ American Water has been using corrosion control treatment methods since the lead and copper rule was initially introduced in the Safe Drinking Water Act. An Assessment for the entire system was conducted. At that time, a decision was made to add phosphate, a corrosion inhibitor, in the treatment process to make that water less corrosive and prevent any lead.
NJ American Water complies with all drinking water regulations in the Safe Drinking Water Act, including lead. NJDEP regulations require that they annually test homes that are at high risk for lead contamination between June 1st through September 30th when the water temperatures are warm and therefore more corrosive.
Our source water comes from seven intakes on the Raritan River, Millstone River, Delaware & Raritan Canal, and approximately 98 wells in the Brunswick, Passaic, Stockton, Glacial Drift and Basalt Aquifers. Some source waters are non-aggressive by nature, meaning there is no need to add corrosion control treatment.