Lead and Copper

Both East the Orange Water Commission and American Water regularly test for lead and copper and neither company detects lead or copper in the water that they supply. American Water also adds an anti corrosive to its finished water to reduce the potential for leaching from old lines. However the most common source of lead in drinking water is the plumbing in the home and/or the supply line from the water main in the street to an individual residence (which are the responsibility of the homeowner not the water supplier). If you are concerned about the possible presence of lead or copper in your home’s water you can contact the EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Act Hotline at (800) 426-4791 or visit the NJ Department of Environmental Protection online at http://www.state.nj.us/dep.