HEALTH

Lambertville issues advisory for lead in drinking water

BY Michael Hill, Correspondent |

Another city is dealing with elevated lead levels in the drinking water. Recent testing of 22 homes in Lambertville found three have lead levels that exceed the lead action level.

Suez manages the system located in Hunterdon County on the Delaware River. The company plans to do in Lambertville what it’s doing in Bergen County by replacing all 42 underground galvanized pipes and lead goosenecks. Suez says the homes with elevated lead levels do not have galvanized service lines.

The water company says testing at the treatment plant in Lambertville found no detectable levels of lead, but professionals still are monitoring the plant’s corrosion controls.

Suez is encouraging homeowners to have their street-to-house service lines and their interior plumbing checked for lead pipes and solder, which is typically found in homes built before 1986. Suez has information on its website.

In the meantime, it’s offering free water testing to customers served by utility-owned galvanized steel pipes and lead goosenecks. If the lead levels exceed standards, Suez will give customers a pitcher with a filter to remove the lead from the water.

It’s encouraging customers to run the cold water for 15 to 30 seconds if the faucet has gone unused for six or more hours. The company says don’t try to boil the lead out.

The city has scheduled a public information session for next Wednesday evening at the Lambertville Inn.

You can’t see, taste or smell lead but it’s a highly dangerous substance and can cause brain and kidney damage for everyone, especially pregnant and nursing women, babies and young children.

Forbes has named Lambertville one of the prettiest towns in America. Founded in 1705, Lambertville has the same kind of aging infrastructure challenges as Newark and many other places throughout the state.

Newark is replacing 18,000 service lines. It’s estimated the state has more than 160,000 lead pipes that need replacing.

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