Water Commission Issues Notice About Lead Levels

December 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

 

PATERSON, NJ – After finding elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some Paterson homes and buildings, the Passaic Valley Water Commission has issued a warning notice to area residents.

The agency said tap water monitoring results from samples taken during September and October showed high lead levels in Paterson, Clifton, Passaic and Prospect Park.

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Here are the steps the commission is suggesting people take:

1. Run your water to flush out lead.

Run water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking, if it hasn’t been used for several hours. This flushes lead-containing water from the pipes.Flushing usually uses less than one or two gallons of water and costs less than 30 cents per month.

2. Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.

Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water. Do not use water from the hot water tap to make baby formula.

3. Do not boil water to remove lead.

Boiling water will not reduce lead.

4. Look for alternative sources or treatment of water.

You may want to consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 or www.nsf.org for information on performance standards for water filters. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality.

5. Test your water for lead.

Call PVWC at 973-340-4300 to find out how to get your water tested for lead and for a list of local laboratories that have been certified for testing water quality. The following is a list of some State approved laboratories in your area that you can call to have your water tested for lead:

●Passaic Valley Water Commission                     ● QC Laboratories

  1525 Main Avenue, Clifton NJ 07011                   196 Paterson Avenue, East Rutherford, NJ 07073           

  973-340-4300                                                     800-289-8378            

6. Get your child tested.

Contact your local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about exposure.

7. Identify if your plumbing fixtures contain lead.

New brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water. The law currently allows end-use brass fixtures, such as faucets, with up to 8% lead to be labeled as “lead-free.” Visit the National Sanitation Foundation Web site at www.nsf.org to learn more about lead-containing plumbing fixtures.

Here is the full notice. For more information, call the commission at 973-340-4300.

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