15,000 Lead Service Lines Replaced: Newark Rounds Corner to Completion of Program
NEWARK, N.J. —The City of Newark’s Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) Program has now surpassed 15,000 lead service line replacements. The program remains on track to replace all 18,000+ lead service lines within the city by the end of 2021. This important milestone comes shortly after the news that Newark’s lead levels were tested below the federal action levels of 15 ppb for the first time in three years. “It’s really been a huge effort by the city, the program team and residents to get us to this milestone,” said Brian Kearney, CDM Smith’s project manager.
The effort to provide clean, safe and reliable drinking water to all Newark residents initially began as an 8-10-year program in March 2019. By September 2019, the program’s timeline was accelerated to 24-30 months and a $120 million bond from Essex County removed the cost for residents.
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