Lead and Copper

Both EOWC and AW test for lead and copper and neither organization has exceeded the EPA thresholds for compliance with the federal Lead and Copper Rule. It should be noted that the most common source of lead in tap water comes from the corrosion of piping on the customer side of the service connection (i.e. the outdoor service line or the internal plumbing). American Water takes steps to minimize the corrosiveness of its water through improvements in corrosion control. Nevertheless, if you are concerned about the possible presence of lead or copper in your home’s water or for more information on reducing lead exposure around your home, visit the EPA’s Web site at www.epa.gov/lead, call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD, or contact your health care provider.

Lead & Copper testing in 2017

South Orange residents,

In early 2017 New Jersey American Water may ask for your household’s assistance in collecting samples to determine the contribution of faucet fixtures and household pipes to the lead and copper levels in the tap water for our area. This sampling effort is required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) under the Lead and Copper Rule, and is being accomplished through the cooperation of homeowners and residents.

American Water continually tests the water it supplies to all its customers and this program seeks to further ensure the safety of the water supply by testing water directly from the faucet of select homes to better gauge lead and copper levels neighborhood by neighborhood. You do not need to respond to this notice or take any action as NJAW will only contact you if your home meets the criteria for study. However if you do have concerns about lead or copper, wish to know if your home meets the criteria for testing, or want more information, please call 1-855-722-7072 to speak with customer service.