MADISON, NJ – Madison’s drinking water is safe, according to the latest test results.

The borough’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report found that the most recent tests of the system yielded no violations of standards for pathogens, nutrients, pesticides, volatile organic compounds, inorganics, radionuclides, radon or disinfection byproduct precursors.

The report is based largely on tests conducted in 2019, but some of the results are from 2017 and 2018.

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While some water systems in the state and nation are being impacted by elevated levels of lead, which can cause serious health problems especially for pregnant women and young children, Madison’s water is safe, according to the report.

It said testing in 2018 found 3.97 parts per billion (ppb) of lead in the borough’s water, significantly below the “action level” of 15 ppb. By comparison, Newark’s water system recently was shown to have up to 32 ppb of lead, according to reports.

Nevertheless, the borough suggests residents let their faucets run for up to two minutes, if they have not used water for several hours, to clear lead that might have accumulated from old plumbing,

Madison derives its drinking water from groundwater drawn by five wells. The wells pump the water into two elevated water tanks.

The system can supply up to about 2 million gallons of water per day, but the borough may also buy water, if necessary, from Florham Park, Morris County, Chatham and NJ American Water Company, says the report.

“Our constant goal is to provide you with a safe and dependable supply of drinking water,” said borough officials in the report. “We want you to understand the efforts we make to continually improve the water treatment process and protect our water resources. We are committed to ensuring the quality of your water.”

It said residents who have questions about the water report or the water system can call borough Water Utility Foreman Tom DeBiasse at 973-593-3092.


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