Survey Response Note
Dear Netcong Water Customers,
If you have not already submitted your waterline material identification survey, it is now overdue. The Borough Administration is asking that if you have not already submitted your water survey, that you please submit them as soon as possible. The Borough is approaching a deadline from the State to submit an inventory and we are asking your cooperation to help us meet this. Please keep the following things in mind when considering this program:
- This is a State mandated program, and both the Borough and its residents are bound by the will of the law. Regardless of your pipe’s composition, the Borough is required to collect the information through any reasonable means, and submit it to the state.
- Submitting this survey for the Borough’s inventory comes at no monetary cost to you. There is over $1 Billion in federal funding and additional state funding grants available to help fund this project. The Borough of Netcong is actively working with Rep. Tom Malinowski’s office to procure some of that federal funding, and exploring other grants to fund the replacement of the lead service lines in the Borough. The Borough does not yet have a replacement plan or cost structure for the project, but as of now this project comes at no cost to the residents, so please complete your water survey.
- Refusal to complete your survey, specifically for those with lead or galvanized pipes, creates serious and real health risks. The vast majority of lead exposure in drinking water comes from the infrastructure of the water system, not the water source. While the Borough of Netcong does not currently have any known actionable levels of lead contamination, that does not mean it never will. The longer a lead or galvanized steel line remains a part of a water system, the more the pipes corrode and leak lead into the water that runs through them.
With any questions of concerns about your survey, service line. or anything else relating to P.L. 2021 Ch. 183, please contact Ricky in the Borough Administration at (973) 347-0252 x118 or email@example.com.
Program Initiation Letter
After seeing the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, and a similar lead contamination issue in Newark, New Jersey, the New Jersey State Legislature has decided to implement a lead service line replacement program. The program is enforced through P.L.2021, Ch. 183, and this law requires all lead and galvanized steel waterlines be accounted for in all public water systems in the State of New Jersey with the intention to be removed and replaced over the course of the next ten (10) years. Please recognize that this is a preemptive prevention plan to remove the types of lines that can in some cases cause lead contamination. This does not mean that your home or business has unacceptable levels of lead contamination.
The Borough of Netcong is in Phase 1 of this process which consists of identifying what type of water service lines all Netcong water customers have entering their homes or businesses. This process is going to require the cooperation of all public water customers. Please see the flyer below and click here for the survey once you have completed the required actions. The survey and flyer will also both be available on the Borough’s Facebook page. If you would like a paper survey please call (973) 347-0252 x118, email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Borough Hall. If you have any difficulty identifying the requested information, you will be able to make an appointment with a Borough representative to assist you in this process. We are asking all residents to please complete the inspection and online survey by Saturday, April 30, 2022.
Again, please remember that this is a new state law that affects all New Jersey Municipalities. Netcong currently has no actionable levels of lead contamination.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.
The Netcong Water Department.