NUTLEY, NJ - The Haloacetic Acids (HAA5) in Nutley water are making headlines again. The chemical compound is in low concentrations and only in those areas of the township served by Newark. These chemical compounds are known to be carcinogenic only when in high concentrations with long term exposure.
Haloacetic Acids are a by-products of the water disinfection process. These compounds have been found in only some parts of the city of Newark, and in those communities served by Newark including Bloomfield and a portion of Nutley.
According to Mayor Dr. Joseph P Scarpelli, "The City of Newark serves a small area of Nutley with Pequannock Reservoir Water. This area is located west of Ridge Road and Van Winkle Avenue and bordered by Glenview Road, the Township of Nutley/Bloomfield boundary line and East Passaic Avenue."
The most important information about Haloacetic Acids in Nutley water was published in the Feb. 4 Official Notice:
- There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.
- This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours. HAA5 are five haloacetic acid compounds which form when disinfectants react with natural organic matter in the water. *People who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.*
According to Scarpelli, Nutley's water is tested at several locations twice a month. Regular maintenance of the water delivery infrastructure in Nutley, combined with a regular schedule of flushing removes these compounds from the system. Residents may notice open hydrants around the township in what may appear to be wasting water. This flushing in various areas of the township introduces new water into the system.
The regular testing of Nutley's water supply also tests for other dissolved compounds in the water. Regular testing is also performed at the township well on Vincent Place. Test results are made available to the public on a regular basis and are mailed to residents regularly.
The most important take-away from all of the information shared about Newark water is these chemical compounds are known to be carcinogenic in high concentrations with long term exposure.
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