ROXBURY, NJ – Roxbury residents should not be alarmed when they get letters saying their water is being tested for lead and copper, township officials said recently.
Roxbury councilman Bob DeFillippo and Dan Kline, both members of the township Water and Sewer Committee, said the water tests are not the result of any suspected contamination. They’re just precautionary measures.
“Our concern … is nobody should get the impression we have lead and copper in our water,” said DeFillippo. “We don’t. This is the result of water problems we’ve heard about in cities like Newark, Jersey City and Flint, Michigan.”
Kline and DeFillippo said the state is now requiring lead and copper tests be conducted every six months on municipal water systems. “I have very high confidence there are no problems in Roxbury with lead and copper,” he said.
The potable water being supplied by Roxbury Water Co. will also undergo the tests, said the council members. Houses that get water from private wells are not part of the testing program.
The public water supply tests will determine only whether the water being supplied to households meets standards relating to lead and copper. The officials noted that people can still be exposed to the dangerous materials if the lead and copper are introduced into their water by their plumbing.
People drinking water from private wells can minimize their risk of exposure by letting their faucets run for 30 seconds to two minutes before using water for cooking and drinking, says the township on its website.
Kline said he “reached out” to Roxbury Schools Superintendent Loretta Radulic last year, when there were news stories about lead contamination elsewhere in the nation. “She confirmed there is no lead in the school water,” Kline said. “If we do find anything, we will act with immediacy and urgency to fix the problem. However, we do not anticipate that in the slightest.”