DRINKING WATER ADVOCACY
Fighting Lead, PFAS and other contaminants
Drinking water infrastructure in New Jersey is old and features lead supply lines, connectors and intersections. Many people do not know if lead is a problem in their drinking water. CWAC believes that all New Jersey residents should know whether their municipality has lead water pipes; all New Jersey residents should know whether their home supply lines contain lead; the state must eliminate all lead service pipes, supply lines, goosenecks and solder in municipal systems. We believe that we can achieve improvements by evaluating the Safe Drinking Water Act testing results in cities, demanding public notice of problems, and using litigation where necessary.
PFAS is an umbrella term for a large family of Teflon-like fluorinated organic pollutants. PFAS present a serious threat to our water systems that we are only beginning to understand. Most people are unfamiliar with the human health threat posed by these compounds, but they are nearly ubiquitous in human blood samples and are persuasively linked to a variety of health risks including kidney and testicular cancers. CWAC has researched science and policy, spoken at stakeholder meetings and submitted comments on the proposed state rules and federal recommendations addressing PFAS contamination in water. CWAC will push New Jersey to adopt rules limiting total PFAS in wastewater, surface water, groundwater and drinking water; not just for PFOA, PFOS and PFNA as they are currently considering.