Water Service Materials List

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Posted on 01/21/2022
Water Service Materials List

Montclair Water Bureau: Help us eliminate lead!

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law a package of bills in July of 2021 aimed at protecting New Jersey’s residents from lead poisoning. The new laws require all public community water systems in the state to inventory and ensure all lead, galvanized and brass lines are replaced within 10 years.

While Montclair’s water mains do not contain lead, the water service line running from the water main to your home may be made of lead, especially if the building was constructed before 1940. Under the law, all lead service lines to water mains will need to be replaced within the stated 10-year period. Galvanized pipes and brass lines will also need to be replaced during the same time frame. Galvanized pipes can attract lead particles and brass pipes contain lead.

The Montclair Water Bureau began the first phase of compliance by compiling an inventory of lead lines, galvanized lines, brass lines, copper lines, and pipes of unknown material in the Township. The data was then submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ DEP) and is posted on the township website here: download data (updated 01-27-22).

Please check the data to see if the material of your home's water service line has been identified. 

The Water Bureau will continue the process with test holes and working with homeowners to update the inventory list. We will work with homeowners by either making appointments, having homeowners submit photos, and/or providing swab kits in the near future to verify the material used for the water service entering the home.

We need your help with identifying all lead, galvanized and brass pipes. We will regularly update the database until the material composition of all service line pipes has been identified.

If you have any questions, please email the Water Bureau at [email protected]Please do not call the Water Bureau – email messages help us better track the homes we are dealing with. When sending us an email message, please put your home address in the the Subject line. Due to anticipated volume, please give us a few days to respond.

The Water Bureau will be reaching out to customers in the coming weeks to discuss next steps.

How to find out if you have a lead or galvanized pipe service line: download document.