Lead Detected in Water Supply

The finding did not amount to a public danger, Ridgewood Water officials contend.

Lab samples taken over the summer revealed lead was in the Ridgewood Water supply, utility officials told the village council Wednesday.

According to Dave Scheibner, the utility's business director, regular tests required by the New Jersey DEP found "an exceedance" in June.

The discovery prompted a battery of public notices, including mailings to residents, healthcare and childcare facilities, as well as website posts.

"It's not a danger to the public," Scheibner said. "Essentially the lead that is detected is picked up in household plumbing, it’s not in the source water. The very simple method of dealing with it is if the water has been inactive for a while, run the faucet for half a minute and everything is gone."

Ridgewood Water services customers in Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Wyckoff and Midland Park.

Craig Hueneke November 30, 2012 at 09:21 PM
Just be advised.. Just because it tastes good does not mean it can't cause serious health risks!
dara brown December 01, 2012 at 04:09 AM
The majority of lead in water is from the solder in the joints connecting copper pipes in a home. Its common knowlege that you should always run the water for a minute before drinking it because water sitting stagnant in the pipes contains lead.
maureen December 01, 2012 at 01:03 PM
I receive bottled water and wouldn't trust the tap water in a million years. It has unhealthy levels of arsenic, cleaning fluid runoff and now lead. No thank you. Anyone would be wise to avoid it , especially those with health issues.
PO'd December 01, 2012 at 05:47 PM
This is just more BS from our utility providers. Orange and Rockland performed poorly during the storm leaving us without power for more than one week. Last year we got a letter from Ridgewood Water telling us about unsafe levels of some other known dangerous chemical, and now lead. We pay high taxes in this town and our elected officials have a duty to look out for us. We need answers and solutions, not just "Run your water or go spend more money buying filter systmes or bottled water." Mayor and Council - get on it. Time to kick some butt or else find us better utility providers.
John A. Unglert December 13, 2012 at 02:33 PM
Once again RW is reactive. Of course they will now want another rate increase for "lead abatement" or some such. YET they cannot add pumps, storage capacity ( and NOT meaning 150 foot towers ), responsible people who do not stand around drinking coffee, water meters that might work, and payments that go to Washington DC. I do wonder WHY my check goes to DC and not to Ridegwood ?? No one has ever answered that one.RW should be its own entity and NOT part of the Village, as it once was. And the "mamanger" should dojust that and nothing else for the Village. Better yet, Ridgewood should enter the room with the arbitrator on the lawsuit, rather than refusing to and then giving out a lot of BS.


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