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SUEZ: TESTING FINDS DRINKING WATER IN NORTHERN NEW JERSEY MEETS FEDERAL LEAD STANDARDS

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Upper Saddle River NJ, SUEZ announced today that recent water quality tests found the drinking water in its Northern New Jersey system meets federal standards for lead.

While the tests results are welcome news, SUEZ officials said the company remains committed to its effort to protect customers. The company is vigilantly working to remove the remaining lead pipes from the system and improve corrosion control treatment.

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Local environment issue has become a matter of national urgency

 

April 30,2018

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Upper Saddle River NJ, Battle for Pleasant Brook continues and GreenUSR.org enters a second phase ,the Cleanup. This ”unimportant” to our local leaders environment issue has become a matter of national urgency.

Derek Michalski  , “It‘s up to us to make our officials accountable for their actions and if anybody wants to digest brown water from Toll Brother‘s April 20, 2018 massive mud dump please let me know. I should have some saved in jars with appropriate labels. No one should underestimate danger of accidental digestion of arsenic and Lead. Better be save than 40 years later sorry. Last March EPA provided this warning: “Lead is a neurotoxin and increasing amounts build up in the body. Even at low levels, lead in children can lower I.Q.s, cause learning disabilities, damage hearing, reduce attention spans, and cause hyperactivity and other behavior problems. Arsenic is toxic, can damage people’s health, and can cause cancer. This cleanup reduces the potential for harm to people’s health from coming into contact with, or accidentally ingesting, soil or creek sediment contaminated with lead and arsenic”

https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-secures-agreement-14-million-cleanup-lead-and-arsenic-route-561-dump-site-gibbsboro

Unprecedented Silt Pollution Runoff Near Apple Ridge Construction Site

Unprecedented Silt Pollution Runoff Near Apple Ridge Construction Site

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Cory Booker lacks executive ability

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From the Publisher – Spring 2016

Cory Booker is one of the most enigmatic people I have ever known. Rarely do you encounter someone with such overwhelming strengths combined with such unfortunate weaknesses. Cory was a breath of fresh air for Newark. He brought new respect to the city. He ended the succession of mayors who took office only to eventually find themselves behind bars. He elevated the urban issues of Newark and all cities like it across the country to a new level in the national consciousness. He is a truly inspiring and electric speaker. This is probably his greatest asset. He has the ability to electrify and galvanize an audience like Dr. Martin Luther King did. When you hear him speak it is truly moving. He is special. He is energizing to be around.

However, it is rare I have met someone who is that bright, that energetic, packs that kind of horsepower and, yet, allows himself to be “marginalized” by significant weaknesses. Cory Booker lacks executive ability. In my opinion, he should never be a Governor. He has demonstrated a limited ability and desire to administrate or supervise. And that is why I pen this editorial. I was hoping that Cory Booker would be an exceptional Mayor, one who would take Newark to the next level. In my opinion, that did not happen.

http://www.radius-magazine.info/from-the-publisher-spring-2016/

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Ridgewood Water to Host Municipal Information Forum for Ridgewood Residents

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Dear Resident,

I am writing to inform you of a Municipal Information Forum that we will be hosting for Ridgewood residents regarding Ridgewood Water.

The intent of this forum is to educate the public on how water is delivered to your faucet.  We will deal with current issues in the news as well as discussing the quality of our water, sustaining water for the future, budget and capital investments and our short-term and long-term strategies.

Our decision to hold this forum emanated from several sources.  One clearly is the amount of interest that residents have expressed in learning more about Ridgewood Water; this has definitely been heightened by stories in the news.  Secondly, we have held two sessions such as these at both our 2016 budget reviews as well as at a Glen Rock Council meeting.  These were two-way dialogues that were well received and I believe went a long way in a better mutual understanding of how the water we consume is delivered to our homes.

We are planning on conducting this forum on two separate dates.  The first is Thursday April 21st from 9-11 AM.  The other is Monday April 25th from 7:30-9:30PM.

Please let us know if you intend on joining us by responding to this e-notice.

Look forward to seeing you.

Best,

Roberta Sonenfeld
Village Manager
201-670-5500, ext. 203

 

Public Notice- Click HERE

State Certified Water Testing Laboratories- Click HERE

NJDEP Lead FAQ- Click HERE
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Ridgewood Water Reiterates Corrosion control to reduce lead in water

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March 2,2016
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Ridgewood NJ, Ridgewood Water detected lead in the water at homes and businesses having lead components in their plumbing. The utility is implementing a corrosion control treatment process that mitigates the problem.  Ridgewood Water’s new hydraulic modelling software was used to test various combinations of treatment sites to provide effective protection for the entire system with the least amount of equipment and expense.  The results indicated that all 30 points of entry into the system will require treatment.

Polyphosphate, a corrosion inhibitor is currently being added to the water at several locations.  The permitting process is underway to extend this treatment to the remaining sites.  Until the treatment plan receives final approval from NJDEP and is in full effect, residents can take one simple step to eliminate their exposure to lead in drinking water.  Let the faucet run for several seconds before drawing water for cooking or drinking.  If your service line is made of lead, run the water for a longer period to clear all of the water from the service line.  Call 201-670-3372 to request information on your service line material.

Water that has not been in prolonged contact with lead-containing plumbing materials will be lead-free.

Other steps residents can take are to run water to flush out lead , use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula , use alternative sources for drinking ,and if in doubt get your child tested.
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Ridgewood Water isn’t good enough for some Village employees to drink

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February 13,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, A recent OPERA request turned up the Village was buying bottled water .I guess Ridgewood Water isn’t good enough for some employees.  Maybe it’s the lead.

Village eblast January 5th 2015 , “The water supplied by Ridgewood Water does not have lead in it.  A small number of homes in the Ridgewood Water service territory have plumbing materials that can leach lead into the water which caused an exceedance of the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for lead during routine testing in 2012.  Regulatory agencies require that water utilities test for lead by setting up “worst‐case‐ scenarios” at locations at increased risk such as those known to have lead service lines.  Additionally, the samples taken for testing must be water that has been undisturbed and in contact with the household plumbing for at least 6 hours.  These samples are usually taken in the morning before any water has been used including the flushing of toilets.  Therefore, samples are usually collected by residents.   Each participating resident received the test results for their specific location.    Additionally, virtually every faucet has brass components that contain a percentage of lead.  This is why it is prudent to let a faucet run for several seconds before using the water for cooking and drinking, especially if the faucet has not been used for several hours.  If your service line is made of lead, run the water for a longer period to clear all of the water from the service line.  Please call 201‐ 670‐3372 if you are unsure of your service line material. Ridgewood Water will start using a phosphate‐based additive later this year that will also address this issue by coating the lines and faucets effectively stopping the leaching of lead into the water”

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Ridgewood officials: Lead is not in water supply

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Ridgewood officials: Lead is not in water supply

JANUARY 9, 2015    LAST UPDATED: FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 2015, 11:11 AM
BY STEPHANIE ALBERICO AND DARIUS AMOS
STAFF WRITERS |
THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS

During a presentation at a council work session on Jan. 7, Ridgewood Water Business Manager Dave Scheibner reiterated facts from a notice that the water utility distributed to its customers last month and confirmed that there is no lead in the water supply.

“As your water system, we are required to conduct public education in regards to lead contamination,” said Scheibner. “I understand that this notice has created some concern among some of the residents in our community. Please know that the language in the notice is prescribed by regulation and my appearance here tonight is for the purpose of providing facts and context to help our residents put this issue into proper prospective.”

“The water supply by Ridgewood Water does not have lead in it,” he continued. “Regulatory agencies require that water utilities test for lead by setting up worst-case scenarios at locations with increased risk such as those knowing to have lead service lines.”

Ridgewood Water, during regular testing performed in June 2012, detected elevated lead levels in “drinking water found in some buildings.” Testing took place at high risk locations in the service area, which includes residential and commercial addresses in the village, Glen Rock, Midland Park and Wyckoff.

According to Scheibner, Ridgewood Water was required to develop a treatment strategy to address the situation. Water officials are currently testing phosphate additives that remediate lead corrosion, which “effectively stops the leaching of lead into the water.”

“This treatment provides other official benefits for the water system and has no negative health effects,” said Scheibner. “A permit to allow this treatment to be implemented permanently is pending with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Until this treatment plant is in full effect, residents can take one simple step to eliminate their exposure to lead in drinking water. Let the faucet run for several seconds before drawing water for cooking or drinking. If your service line is made of lead, run the water for a longer period to clear all the water from the service line.”

Scheibner provided information, material and handouts for residents with contact information about service lines, testing for lead, phosphate water treatment, health effects of lead and also answered any questions posed by the public at the meeting.

Mayor Paul Aronsohn asked Scheibner if there was a reason to be concerned.

“There’s a reason to be cautious,” said Scheibner. “Getting in the habit of running the faucet if it hasn’t been used for awhile is just a common sense habit to get into. You don’t need to be concerned about it. It’s just a good habit to get into.”

http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-officials-lead-is-not-in-water-supply-1.1188868