New Jersey Governor: Legislation Improving Drinking Water

TRENTON  NJ (STL.News) Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S968/A2836) that will require public water systems to provide notice of elevated lead levels in drinking water to customers and local officials and require landlords to notify tenants of elevated lead levels.

“We must continue to take proactive action to protect our communities from the dangers of lead exposure,” said Governor Murphy.  “This legislation will ensure that community members are aware of the levels of lead in their drinking water, a critical step toward protecting our children and families from the dangers of lead exposure.”

“We applaud this important legislation, which complements our efforts at DCA to reduce the threat of lead poisoning in homes across the state,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver, who serves as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs.  “We look forward to working with landlords to ensure tenants receive critical information about the quality of the drinking water that they and their loved ones consume.”

“Thank you to the legislature and Governor Murphy for enacting legislation to protect the residents of NJ from lead exposure,” said NJBPU President Joseph L. Fiordaliso.  “We should all be secure knowing that our water is safe to drink.”

“Water systems and landlords must take care to ensure that New Jersey residents have accurate and timely information about potential risks to their drinking water and, by extension, their health,” said Acting Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Shawn M.

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