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Ridgewood Water Seeking to Sue Companies Behind Chemical Contamination of the Water Supply

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Ridgewood NJ,  Ridgewood Water is seeking to identify the companies behind the chemical contamination of its water supply know as PFAS .

PFAS do not occur naturally, but are widespread and extremely persistent in the environment. They are man-made chemicals that have been used to make carpets, clothing, fabrics for furniture, paper packaging for food and other materials (e.g., cookware) resistant to water, grease or stains. They are also used for firefighting at airfields and in a number of industrial processes.

While Ridgewood Water is working to identify specific sources, and has retained a California-based law firm to potentially sue over the expensive costs of meeting new state and federal water quality standards.

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Time to Plot a Future for Ridgewood Water

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June 4,2016

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Ridgewood NJ, Summer Water Restriction season once again and the Ridgewood blog just has to ask ; are we the only one who wonders what it is going to take to fix this thing and get the Ridgewood water system up to speed. Sorry folks but summer water restrictions every single summer is too much 3rd world for the kind of taxes Ridgewood taxpayers are paying .

This not a critique of Ridgewood water but an attempt to get the ball rolling on a discussion which has for too long been swept under the rug . Do residents really want to live with perpetual water restrictions, law suits and assorted water quality issues.

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Print-For lead updates and resources click HERE.

-For information on the Ground Water Under Direct Influence of Surface Water (GWUDI) monitoring program click HERE.

-For information on PFOA and PFOS click HERE.
Stage I will be in effect each year starting on June 1st and will continue through August 31st.  If conditions warrant, irrigation will be prohibited on additional days of the week up to and including a total ban on irrigation.

Compliance with the initial restrictions will reduce the likelihood that more severe controls will be needed.  Your cooperation is appreciated.

Stage I  (Moderate) – Mandatory restriction of irrigation to Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for properties with odd-numbered addresses and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays for properties with even-numbered addresses.  Irrigation using a hand-held hose shall be allowed at any time. No irrigation shall be allowed on Mondays except for the use of a hand held hose.

Stage II  (Severe) – Mandatory restriction of irrigation to Tuesdays and Saturdays for properties with odd-numbered addresses and Wednesdays and Sundays for properties with even-numbered addresses.  No irrigation shall be allowed on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays except for the use of a hand held hose. Irrigation using a hand held hose shall be allowed at any time.

Stage III  (Pending/Critical) – Mandatory restriction of irrigation to the use of a hand held hose on Tuesdays and Saturdays for properties with odd-numbered addresses and Wednesdays and Sundays for properties with even-numbered addresses.  No irrigation of any kind shall be allowed on Mondays, Thursdays, or Fridays.

Stage IV  (Critical) – Irrigation is prohibited at any time. Exceptions for irrigation using a hand held hose may be allowed under conditions prescribed by the Village Manager of the Village of Ridgewood.

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Reader says if we lose control of Ridgewood water we are in danger of getting worse water

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The Flint water crisis is a drinking water contamination issue in Flint, Michigan, United States that started in April 2014. After Flint changed its water source from treated Detroit Water and Sewerage Department water (which was sourced from Lake Huron as well as the Detroit River) to the Flint River (to which officials had failed to apply corrosion inhibitors), its drinking water had a series of problems that culminated with lead contamination, creating a serious public health danger. From Wikipedia.

My point is that if we lose control of Ridgewood water we are in danger of getting worse water. Yes, there are problems, that is why we must be ready to remedy them, even if it means, like Fairlawn, to put water filters on wells, regardless of cost over a period to years. To pay higher water rates etc.

Yes, we must and did finally put a warning on cigarettes, ban trans fats, warn about the hazards of hormones and antibiotics in food and putting too many herbicides and pesticides and lawn, and dangers of polluted air from vehicles and so on. Many states in the U.S. have polluted water, in many cities in Jersey, the people have to use bottled water, and even bottled water has a bad rap now because it could be more polluted than local tap. Let’s admit there is a water crises and we must be prepared to solve it , no matter what the financial cost, rather than turn our heads and look away and try to sell it away.

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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 details water quality after public concerns about lead contamination

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JANUARY 26, 2016, 8:53 PM    LAST UPDATED: TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2016, 9:04 PM
BY STEVE JANOSKI
STAFF WRITER |
THE RECORD

RIDGEWOOD — Local officials are looking to assuage public concerns about lead in drinking water after a letter from the local water utility recommended its customers take steps to avoid lead exposure.

The letter, sent to Ridgewood Water’s customers in Glen Rock, Midland Park, Wyckoff, and Ridgewood on Jan. 5, detailed lead’s health-damaging effects and advised customers to let water run to flush out lead that could’ve leached into the system from service lines and fixtures.

But David Scheibner, business manager for Ridgewood Water, said Monday night the letter is part of a public education campaign required by the state Department of Environmental Protection because of Ridgewood Water’s past history of elevated lead levels — not because of a new threat posed to the water supply.

Ridgewood Water’s pipes don’t have lead in them, he said, and the element is “undetectable” at the 52 wells in four communities that the utility operates. But those who live in homes built prior to 1930 might have lead service lines — water lines running from the house to the water main — and those homes built during 1982 –86 might have copper service lines soldered with lead, he said.

Only about 250 of the 20,000 service connections in Ridgewood Water’s territory have been identified as definitively having a line made of either lead or copper with lead soldering, said Scheibner — “The scope is minor, but we take it very seriously,” he said.

http://www.northjersey.com/news/ridgewood-details-water-quality-after-public-concerns-about-lead-contamination-1.1499354

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Reader asks What year or decade will the Ridgewood Water system ever be upgraded or improved so the water quality doesn’t effect us adversely?

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Yes same story every year only this is the worst. Other water companies didn’t start any restrictions til September. I’m shocked there aren’t more Posts from others and towns it services
Got my latest water bill a joke to spend the money all season then to be forced to have it die due to this restriction.
Just had spine surgery so virtually impossible for me to be out there with a hand held hose due to this.

What year or decade will this system ever be upgraded or improved so the water quality doesn’t effect us adversely?

Let’s get changes made instead of excuses for 30 years.

Dont fix an essential service – like water supply
Do build an albatros of a parking garage
Do build another turf field.

As long as we have our priorities straight…