District explores next step in lead dilemma

District officials, experts discuss risks of lead ingestion, plans to remediate issue, communication

District explores next step in lead dilemma

MAPLEWOOD / SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District 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 for lead in drinking water, news that upset […]

Community forum on lead in drinking water

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District will hold a community question-and-answer forum to discuss the recent discovery of lead in nine district drinking water sources. The forum will be Saturday, June 17, at 10 a.m. at Seth Boyden School, 274 Boyden Ave. in Maplewood. Free childcare will be available.

Nine SOMSD water sources found to contain higher levels of lead

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — The South Orange-Maplewood School District, in compliance with the Department of Education regulations and technical guidance developed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, identified and tested all drinking water and food preparation outlets, according to a June 12 press release from the district. Of the 223 samples […]

NJAW, SO water contract goes into effect

Following underwhelming performance from EOWC, village switches water providers Jan. 1

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — On Jan. 1, South Orange Village switched water suppliers, leaving behind the oft-criticized East Orange Water Commission and forging ahead with New Jersey American Water. South Orange entered into a 30-year water sales agreement and 10-year operations and maintenance agreement with American Water, the largest water supplier in the nation. Thanks […]

WOSD jumps into action to keep lead out of school water

WOSD puts health first while working to keep costs low

WEST ORANGE, NJ — The West Orange School District has taken corrective action after testing found that water from 27 of the 304 district taps analyzed last April contained lead amounts exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 15 parts per billion. According to the district’s lead report, actions taken to address the situation […]

Village officially awards water system contract to American Water

Switch to NJAW to give villagers softer water, reliability

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — American Water, the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced last week that it has been awarded the operation and maintenance contract for the South Orange Village water services, so villagers should be prepared for the upcoming service switch from the East Orange Water Commission to New Jersey […]

Water main break on Warren Court in SO

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — The village announced on its website today, Aug. 5, that emergency crews are on Warren Court for a water main break. The entire street will experience a water outage for approximately four to seven hours, and surrounding residents may experience low pressure or no water.

Drought watch issued for most of Northern New Jersey

NJDEP urges residents to conserve water as dry conditions persist

TRENTON, NJ — As a result of continued dry weather, the Department of Environmental Protection has issued a water supply drought watch for most of northern New Jersey, Commissioner Bob Martin announced July 25. The DEP is urging residents in the affected areas to conserve water; residents elsewhere in the state are asked to practice […]

Maplewood lays out this summer’s water main rehab project

MAPLEWOOD, NJ — New Jersey American Water began conducting 2016 water system improvements in Maplewood Township earlier this summer. This work includes cleaning and lining of water mains. The work will continue through September, according to a recent release from the township. The work will take place on Valley Street between Tuscan Road and Millburn […]

South Orange has contracted with FSC Leak Detection

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ — South Orange has contracted with FSC Computerized Water Main Leak Detection company to locate any leaks within the village’s water system, according to a recent release. They will be using sophisticated technology on fire hydrants and water valves in front of properties by attaching a series of computerized sound correlators and […]