BLOOMFIELD, NJ - This morning, Mayor Michael Venezia spoke with NJDEP Commissioner Catherine McCabe along with Belleville Mayor Michael Melham and a representative for Nutley Mayor Dr. Joseph Scarpelli to discuss the ongoing water situation in Newark, and appropriate responses to the ongoing situation in Newark and its impacts on all three neighboring communities.
Venezia spoke to the Commissioner about infrastructure improvements Bloomfield has made over the last several years, and the Township's plans to change the water supplier. Part of that improvement will include making major water infrastructure improvements throughout the Township.
Additionally, the Bloomfield Health Department has collected samples from 5 PUR filters given to residents in the past two days and are waiting for expedited test results, which should arrive later in the week. The Township is operating under an excess of caution in terms of testing these filters.
To be clear, the water we all receive from Newark is lead-free, and safe to drink. Lead is only in some older homes with lead-based fixtures and service lines. The Township has already replaced 46 service lines going into older homes. The Township is utilizing a $1.1M loan from the State of New Jersey to replace more service lines as they are identified.
Soon, the Township will break ground on a new water pumping station, just one of many ongoing, forward-thinking projects to modernize Bloomfield's water infrastructure.