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PFOA in Montclair Water PDF Print E-mail

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Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) is an unregulated contaminant but must be sampled for according to Unregulated Contaminant Monitoring Rule 3 (UCMR3) set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). UCMR3 requires that water systems collect data for contaminants that are suspected to be present in drinking water but do not have health-based standards for safety under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The rule is intended to see if future regulations and setting maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) on the chosen contaminants will be required.

The Montclair Water Bureau performs annual quality testing of the Township’s drinking water and the reports are sent to all customers and posted on the township website. The Township’s most recent “Annual Drinking Water Quality Report” from 2014 showed sampling readings from Montclair’s three wells to be above the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) PFOA guidance level of 40 parts per trillion (ppt). The wells were sampled twice in 2015 and the readings were found to be at 35, 44, 48, 42, 46, 42 ppt.

The DEP’s guidance level is the first phase of an ongoing process to establish a drinking water standard for PFOA. The science regarding PFOA is developing rapidly and the DEP will continue to conduct sampling and evaluate data from all sources as it becomes available. DEP is not recommending a change in consumption patterns based on the most current information. (Source:

“With levels so close to the guidance level, the NJ DEP did not recommend shutting off any wells,” said Montclair Water Bureau Director Gary Obszarny. “It’s important to note that due to decreased demand during the winter months, normally only the Glenfield well is in operation. Right now, because of low demand, all three wells are offline which means customers are receiving water only from the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission (NJDWSC),” he said.

The NJDWSC -- which supplies approximately 80% of the Township’s water -- also performed testing for PFOA and the result was “non-detect,” meaning no signs of the contaminant were found.

Following NJ DEP’s recommendations, the Water Bureau has sent out for sampling materials for additional testing of the wells. The samples will be analyzed by an EPA certified laboratory.

“Additional sampling from various locations in the distribution system will provide the Township with a better idea of the extent of unregulated contaminant levels so that appropriate measures can be put into place if necessary,” said Mr. Obszarny.

In addition, the Water Bureau is arranging for a professional services agreement for a comprehensive modeling of the Township’s water system to better understand and manage these issues.




The Township of Montclair, Essex County, New Jersey, hereby requests the submission of proposals for the Historic Preservation Plan Element of the Township Master Plan. Details are fully described in the specifications.

Specifications are available here for download or at the Purchasing Office, located on the 3rd Floor of the Municipal Building, 205 Claremont Avenue, Montclair, NJ.

Should you have an interest in submitting a proposal, please submit to:

Township of Montclair
Edward Cho, Purchasing Agent

205 Claremont Avenue
Montclair, NJ 07042

Four (4) copies of Proposals must be submitted no later than: Thursday, February 18, 2016, 12:00 p.m.

Montclair Animal Shelter 2016 Volunteer Orientation Schedule PDF Print E-mail

The Montclair Township Animal Shelter has scheduled orientation sessions for people who would like to volunteer at the shelter:

Saturday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, February 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday March 15 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 2, at 11:00 a.m.
Tuesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m.

For questions about volunteer opportunities at the shelter, please call 973-744-8600.

Volunteers lending a helping hand at the Montclair Animal Shelter

Montclair Election 2016 Packets Now Available PDF Print E-mail

Friday, January 8, 2016

Election Packet CoverThe next Montclair Municipal Election will take place on Tuesday, May 10. All individuals who may be interested in running for the offices of Mayor, Councilor-at-large, or First, Second, Third or Fourth Ward Councilor may view candidate materials here.  Hard copies of this Election Packet and petition materials are available in the Municipal Clerk’s Office, 205 Claremont Avenue between 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m. Please call Municipal Clerk Linda Wanat at 973-509-4900 with any questions.

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