TWW Lead Service Line Replacement Program
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About the Program

Trenton Water Works (TWW) is committed to providing its customers with a safe, clean and reliable supply of drinking water. The risks and health effects of lead exposure are well documented, particularly to infants, young children, pregnant women as well as others with serious health conditions or compromised immune systems. Like many other aging cities and water systems, the TWW water distribution system is comprised of older houses and buildings, many of which have lead service lines (LSLs). As water travels through the LSLs, the corrosion of the lines adds lead into the treated water delivered to those customers. The treated water is otherwise lead free from TWW’s source reservoirs and treatment plant, and therefore these existing LSLs and lead solder in copper plumbing are the causes of lead in drinking water delivered to customers.

In June 2017, TWW exceeded the state and federal lead action level and was  required to annually replace 7 % of the identified lead services lines in the system until the lead action level is no longer exceeded. Rather than replacing only the TWW-owned portion of the service line, TWW is applying for State funding through the New Jersey Water Bank to assist the homeowner in reducing the cost to also replace the portion owned by the homeowner. TWW is currently offering a program to replace lead and galvanized steel service lines in the system at a highly discounted rate. Although the program is entirely voluntary, it is not anticipated for the cost to replace the homeowner’s portion of a lead service line to ever be lower than what this program is currently offering.

TWW has updated their inventory of LSLs and determined that there are approximately 19,000 LSLs in the TWW service area. Trenton Water Works serves the City of Trenton, Hamilton Township, Hopewell Township, Lawrence Township and parts of Ewing Township. TWW owns the portion of the service line from the water main to the curb stop. The  portion of the service line from the curb stop to the meter inside the home is owned by the resident. TWW plans to replace 2,600 LSLs in the next two years.

Public Notice - August 11, 2017

 

Check Your Line

To find out if you have a copper, lead or galvanized steel service on your property, you (or your landlord) can perform a Materials Verification Test on the water service line where it connects to the water meter to determine the material of the water service line on your property.

Please follow the steps below, and then send the results of the test along with your address to twwleadprogram@trentonnj.org. Trenton Water Works will include your results in their water service line inventory records.

WHAT YOU NEED

  • A house key or coin
  • A strong refrigerator magnet

Steps to Check Your Service Line

  1. Find the water meter on your property. 
  2. Look for the pipe that comes through the outside wall of your home and connects to your meter.
  3. Use a key or coin to gently scratch the pipe (like you would scratch a lottery ticket). If the pipe is painted, use sandpaper to expose the metal first.
  4. Place the magnet on the pipe to see if it sticks to the pipe.
  5. Determine your pipe material and send your results and address to twwleadprogram@trentonnj.org

Your Test Results

If your pipe is copper:
The pipe may appear dull brown on the outside but will be the color of a bright penny if gently scratched. A magnet WILL NOT stick to a copper pipe.

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If your pipe is lead:
The pipe will appear dull and soft but will turn a shiny silver color when scratched.  A magnet WILL NOT stick to a lead pipe. 

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If your pipe is galvanized steel:
The scratched area will remain a dull gray, and a magnet WILL stick to the surface.

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Please send results of your test and your address to twwleadprogram@trentonnj.org.
 

Other ways you can check for lead

Lead test kits to test the pipe can be purchased at your local hardware store. Look for an EPA recognized kit.

A licensed and insured plumber can inspect your pipes and other plumbing for lead or steel. Replacing an older brass faucet or valve may be a simple way to reduce the lead in water.

Water sample test kits can be picked up at Trenton Water Works and then sent to a private lab to analyze your water. TWW is not responsible for the cost of the lab analysis.

If you have any questions, please contact us
 

 

Helpful Resources

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Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water

From the Environmental Protection Agency

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Lead - Prevention Tips

From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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Childhood Lead

From the New Jersey Department of Health

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Drinking Water Facts - Lead

From the New Jersey Department of Health

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Lead in Water and Full Lead Service Line Replacement

From the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative