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(TRENTON) – Moving to address New Jersey’s aging water system infrastructure and the ongoing concerns of lead contamination in many cities across the state, Assembly Democrats Gary Schaer, Angela McKnight, William Spearman and Robert Karabinchak sponsor a bill advanced by the full Assembly on Thursday 71-0-2 that would create an inventory and replacement schedule for every lead service line in the State, and would remove public finance restrictions to expedite municipal government projects to replace lead service lines.
In 2019, at least 35 water systems in New Jersey contained dangerous levels of lead contamination, affecting more than 1.4 million residents. There are an estimated 350,000 lead service lines in New Jersey, disproportionally condensed in our cities and communities of color. Contributing to the more than 4,800 new cases of childhood lead poisoning in New Jersey, annually.
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