New Jersey DEP to change response to lead in drinking water

(Phil Gregory/WHYY)

(Phil Gregory/WHYY)

New Jersey’s Environmental Protection Department says it’s making changes to the way the state and its water utilities respond to the threat of lead in drinking water.

The Asbury Park Press reports the agency outlined three steps in a letter responding to the federal EPA, which asked states to assure the public that it’s addressing lead risks in the wake of the Flint, Michigan water crisis.

The state agency says it will ask water suppliers to post the whereabouts of lead service lines on their websites.

It says it’s working to “strengthen” a rule that gives water utilities up to 30 days after exceeding safe drinking water standards to tell their customers about high lead results.

It also plans to incorporate better practices for corrosion control.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.