CHATHAM, NJ -  NJ DEP State Geologist Jeff Hoffman, came to Chatham and spoke about water standards at the behest of the Chatham Township Environmental Commission Thursday at the Chatham Township Municipal Building.

Hoffman did his best to break down what he described as a "complicated" issue. In general terms, the standards in New Jersey are in the top tier in comparison to the rest of the country.

"There are multiple standards in New Jersey," Hoffman said. "There are drinking water standards, surface water, fresh water and saline water. There are standards for ground water, and there are standards for soil."

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State Geologist Jeffrey Hoffman came to Chatham and spoke about New Jersey Water Standards

Hoffman brought with him a pamphlet describing "Standards for Safe Drinking Water in New Jersey." He also pointed to the Drinking Water Watch website, where a search for Chatham can be conducted to find the latest information. 

Hoffman was asked about the drinking water in Michigan, which was found to have lead contaminants and how it can be prevented from happening in New Jersey.

"There is no lead in surface water," Hoffman said. "The lead comes from the pipes."

Hoffman said he tested his own tap water after the problems surfaced in Michigan. Sandra LaVigne, director of the water quality program for the Great Swamp Watershed Association, was in the audience and suggested that residents can test their own tap water through a program now being run by the GSWA.

To find more information about testing kits, visit the Great Swamp Watershed Association website, where there is information about testing tap water.