Update on Trenton Water Works Lead Issue
Since last evening’s update,
Hamilton Township has received further, revised information regarding the tests
that required the recent Trenton Water Works letter.
Across Trenton Water Works entire
service area, which includes the entire City of Trenton, as well as portions of
Hamilton, Ewing, Lawrence and Hopewell Townships, a total of 184 locations were
sampled that were considered to be “high
risk” areas due to lead-based intakes (i.e. piping and fixtures within
properties or household plumbing). It
is possible for lead-based piping and other household plumbing fixtures that
exist inside of a property to be a contributing factor for the presence of lead
in drinking water.
Property owners also voluntarily participated
and provided samples from their individual water output points themselves.
While 119 locations across the
entire service level detected some
level of lead, it is important to note that not all of these levels exceeded recommended levels for
lead in drinking water.
Specifically for Hamilton Township,
63 sites in total were sampled. While 32
of these 63 sites in Hamilton Township detected some level of lead, only
4 of these 63 properties detected lead levels that exceeded drinking
Additionally, 31 of the 63 sites in Hamilton Township detected zero presence
of lead in water samples.
Based upon the sample results that
required letters be sent to all customers across their entire service area, Trenton
Water Works must now test further to see if the utility is the source of lead
found in these samples.
Additionally, in 6 months, Trenton
Water Works will sample locations again. At that time, based upon the results, it may
be possible for another letter to be sent to all Trenton Water Works Customers.
For Aqua NJ Customers
We have become aware that some Aqua
NJ customers inadvertently received this same notice from Trenton Water Works;
however, Aqua NJ customers were not affected by this issue (as Aqua NJ was not
required to send out this type of notice).
Steps to Reduce Exposure to Lead in Drinking Water
The letter from Trenton Water Works
outlines several ways in which residents can reduce their exposure to lead in
The NJ Department of Environmental
Protection recommends the following:
Flush your pipes before drinking, and only use cold
water for cooking and drinking
Anytime the water in a particular faucet has not been
used for six hours or longer, flush your cold-water pipes by running the water
until it becomes cold
Residents can also visit the following sites for more information: