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5/4/2018 - Trenton Water Works Recent Pipe Letter and What It Means


Trenton Water Works Recent Pipe Letter and What It Means


Hamilton Township Mayor Kelly Yaede recognizes the possible confusion that the recent letter from Trenton Water Works may cause residents, which is why we are providing this update.


Mayor Yaede understands the frustration that our community has experienced with Trenton Water; and while several ongoing efforts to continue to address these various issues - Mayor Yaede is fighting to get the City of Trenton to better explain this program so that all residents can, at the very least, make an informed decision that is their best interest.



More Information, Extended Deadline


First, it is important to know that Mayor Yaede recently wrote Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson to request two important actions:


1)      Hold Public Information Sessions to Better Explain the Trenton Water Program Offer (Mayor Yaede has also offered to assist organizing such a public session in Hamilton)

2)      To extend the deadline until AFTER these public sessions take place  



Different Pipes, Who Is Responsible for Repairs?


A common reaction to the recent letter is “why would I need to pay to fix Trenton Water Works pipes?”  It is important to understand these 3 portions of the water system:


1)        The water treatment plant and the Main Water Lines

a.      Main Water Lines typically run underneath the road

b.      This includes a “Connection Area” where residents’ lateral pipes connect to the Main Water Lines  

c.       This portion is maintained by Trenton Water

2)        Lateral Pipes (referred to as “lead service line” in letter)

a.      Lateral Pipes extend from residents’ homes and connect to the main lines/connection area

b.      These pipes are the property of each homeowner; and therefore, are not maintained by Trenton Water 

3)        Internal Pipes and Fixtures Within Your Home

a.      These are also the property of each homeowner



What is Trenton Water Works Offering?


Trenton Water Works letter is offering to property owners is a price to replace the Lateral Pipes (which is the property of homeowners) during the time in which they will be replacing Main Lines and Connection areas (which Trenton Water is responsible for). 



Why Letter Discusses Increased Lead Levels?


Trenton Water Works is advising residents that when they replace Connection areas that they are responsible for (referred to in the letter as a “partial replacement” if a property owner is not also replacing their Lateral Pipe at the same time), lead can be disturbed and temporarily increase lead levels in your drinking water. 



Where Does the Lead Come From?


Typically – although each individual case may be different -- lead tends to enter water supplies from Lateral Pipes or Internal Pipes and Fixtures Within Your Home (which again, are both portions that are a homeowner’s property and which they are responsible for).  This may be more prevalent for homes built before the late 1980’s, due to the materials used up to that time.  


This is what the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection states about lead in drinking water:


Lead is not normally found in drinking water at the source.  Typically, lead gets into your drinking water from the service lines, plumbing and fixtures that contain lead.  As a result of corrosion, lead and other metals from the pipes slowly dissolve into the water.  Many factors affect the amount of lead that leaches into the water, including lead content of pipes, fixtures, and solder, along with water temperature, pH and hardness.



Where Can I Get More Information on Lead in Water?


These are two beneficial resources:

1)     New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (which regulates the water quality of Trenton Water Works and all water providers):

2)    Brochure from the New Jersey State Department of Health:



Can I Test My Water?


Yes, residents can test their water.  Although there is a cost to you to do so, residents can either contact Trenton Water Works or can investigate home or private lead testing options.



How Can I Reduce Exposure to Lead in Water?


Yes, this is from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection:

Exposure to lead at any level can be associated with adverse health effects.  Therefore, consider taking the following steps to reduce your exposure to lead in drinking water.

  • Run your water to flush out lead.  Run water for 15-30 seconds or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking, if it hasn’t been used for several hours.  This flushes lead-containing water from the pipes.
  • Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.  Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; Lead dissolves more quickly into hot water.  Do not use water from the hot water tap to make baby formula.
  • Contact your water system or certified drinking water laboratory to have your home drinking water tested for lead. (Please note that the homeowner may be responsible for any costs.)
  • Do not boil water to remove lead.  Boiling water will not reduce lead.
  • Use alternate sources or treatment of water.  You may want to consider using bottled water for drinking and cooking or a water filter designed to remove lead.  Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 or for information on performance standards for water filters.  Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s standards to ensure water quality.
  • Get your child tested.  Contact your local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about lead exposure.




Since the Hamilton Township Municipal Government was not involved in the procurement process of this Trenton Water Works program offer, unfortunately, our government cannot provide information regarding the price range, nor can our government suggest or recommend whether a homeowner should participate. 



Ongoing Efforts


Finally, please know that Mayor Yaede has continued to actively monitor developments with Trenton Water Works through communication with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and other officials.  This will continue, along with the monitoring of the Administrative Consent Order that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection signed with Trenton Water Works earlier this year.