School water retests show 1 issue at CHS

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — In a May 13 update, the South Orange-Maplewood School District reported that it received the results from an April test of 21 plumbing fixtures in the district; only one unit had an unacceptable level of lead and failed the retest. The district retested the 21 fixtures, which had been offline during the […]

Eighth annual River Day draws hundreds

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — A cloudy, cool day didn’t stop South Orange residents from donning rain boots and rubber gloves and heading to Mead Street for the village’s eighth annual River Day celebration, an afternoon dedicated to cleaning up the section of the Rahway River running through South Orange. Town officials, students and residents picked […]

South Orange water rate increases

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — Effective April 1, the rate charged for water in South Orange increased by 2 percent from $5.92 per 100 cubic feet to $6.03 per 100 cubic feet. The rate increase reflects the basic cost of living increase of 2 percent and will help pay for the debt service associated with the […]

NJAW seeks new rates to recover from $868M in system upgrades

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — New Jersey American Water has filed a petition with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities for new rates seeking recovery of the significant investment the company has made into its water and wastewater infrastructure since its last rate adjustment in 2015, according to a Sept. 15 release from NJAW. “In […]

New tests show 13 school fixtures with elevated lead levels

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — In a Sept. 5 update, the South Orange-Maplewood School District reported that in the second round of lead testing, 13 fixtures showed evidence of elevated lead levels. Concerns regarding the district’s water fixtures began last school year after the SOMSD, in compliance with the Department of Education regulations and […]

Protect New Jersey’s watersheds

ESSEX COUNTY, NJ — Every acre of New Jersey is within one of the 20 watershed areas, which means all lands drain into a lake, river or stream. New Jersey American Water is offering simple actions customers can take to keep the watersheds clean and healthy while protecting against pollution. “As water travels over the […]

Lead test results show large variances

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District had announced June 12 the results of testing for lead in school buildings’ water, which showed that nine sources out of 223 had a higher lead action level than that established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in drinking water, news that upset parents […]