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NJ Governor Signs Law Requiring All Lead Service Lines to be Replaced in 10 Years

Last Thursday (7/22), New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law A5343/SS3398 that requires public community water systems to inventory and replace lead service lines within 10 years. This legislation also provides for recoupment of costs by investor-owned public water systems.

The legislation maps out how the state will go about taking inventory of the pipes and replacing them. Within 30 days, unknown pipes and lead water pipes need to be catalogued in an initial inventory and the inventory must be submitted to New Jersey’s Department of Environmental Protection within six months. A more thorough inventory would be submitted a year later.