ELIZABETH, NJ - After reports of unsafe drinking water in Newark, residents in nearby Elizabeth are raising concerns for the water coming into their homes.

Elizabeth Health Officials say residents should not have anything to fear. In a statement posted on the City’s Facebook page, has the following notice. 

“In light of the ongoing issues related to elevated lead levels in Newark. N.J.’s public water system, the City of Elizabeth/Liberty Water Company and New Jersey American Water want to reassure residents that their water is safe to drink.

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Liberty Water Company-New Jersey American Water routinely tests and monitors the drinking water leaving the treatment facilities and at different distribution points through the system, and test results show the water in Elizabeth meets or surpasses both state and federal standards for all regulated substances, including lead. In fact, no lead was detected in any of the samples collected in the City of Elizabeth this year.

We have an exceptional track record when it comes to water quality and regulatory compliance which ranks us among the best water companies in the nation. We encourage our customers to read through the information provided in our Water Quality Reports to better understand the work we do and our commitment to providing high-quality water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout Elizabeth and the other communities in New Jersey that we serve.

The community’s Water Quality Reports, which are available online and also in printed copies upon request, give an overview of local drinking water sources for each community and detail the extensive testing conducted on the company’s water each year. Elizabeth residents who are Liberty Water Company-New Jersey American Water customers can access their water quality report at www.elizabethnj.org under News & Announcements on the homepage.”

NJ American Water officials are reassuring residents across NJ that the water is safe to drink. Officials stated:

"In light of the ongoing issues related to elevated lead levels in Newark, N.J., New Jersey American Water is reassuring its customers across the state that their water is safe to drink. New Jersey American Water’s drinking water meets or surpasses both state and federal standards for all regulated substances, including lead.”

“New Jersey American Water routinely tests and monitors the drinking water leaving the treatment facilities and at different distribution points through the system – and we provide corrosion control treatment where needed – and test results show our water meets or surpasses both state and federal standards for all regulated substances, including lead,” explained Cheryl Norton, president of New Jersey American Water. 

Norton continued, “We have an exceptional track record when it comes to water quality and regulatory compliance which ranks us among the best water companies in the nation. We encourage our customers to read through the information provided in our Water Quality Reports to better understand the work we do and our commitment to providing high-quality water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year throughout the 192 communities in New Jersey that we serve.”

The company’s Water Quality Reports, which are available online and also in printed copies upon request, give an overview of local drinking water sources for each community and detail the extensive testing conducted on the company’s water each year. New Jersey American Water customers can access their water quality report online at www.newjersey.amwater.com/waterquality

Norton added that there are additional steps people can take to help further protect themselves from lead particles that could be present in indoor plumbing. “While we know that lead is not an issue in the treated water leaving our facilities or in the pipes in the distribution system, if your home was built before 1985, your plumbing system may contain leaded materials. To minimize possible exposure, experts recommend running your kitchen tap with cold water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes if it has gone unused for more than six hours. This is a simple way to reduce the risk of lead exposure from plumbing in older buildings.”

In Elizabeth, If you have any questions you can contact the City’s Health Officer, Mark Colicchio at 908-820-4089 or mcolicchio@elizabethnj.org.

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