In the wake of the Flint water crisis, communities nationwide began to worry what was in their own water. In early 2016, 11 New Jersey cities were found to have more lead-affected children than Flint residents. These findings, amidst other reports, created significant concern over New Jersey water and just how safe an everyday need was for the state’s residents.
What's in the New Jersey Water?
This concern over the water in New Jersey continued to grow, reaching a critical point in May, 2016, when the state took action to require all schools to test for lead starting with the upcoming school year. While this is a promising, proactive approach, it also leads to a significant gap between the discovery, testing, and all of the continuing exposures between these events and the recovery process yet to unfold. For those with concerns about lead in New Jersey water, this affirms that there has been reason to worry. Ultimately, this will make even more people wary to drink what comes out of their faucet.
Testing New Jersey Water
Looking for tips on how to test your water? NJ.com prescribes the following:
- Review your town’s Consumer Confidence Report regarding lead levels in the water by clicking here
- Have your local well tested by contacting your local health department
- Have a sample of water from your faucet tested by a private facility. For a county-by-county list of facilities, click here.
Precautionary Steps if you Suspect Lead in your Water
So what steps should residents of New Jersey take over these new concerns over lead in the water? As a first step, or precautionary measure, we recommend those who can afford it to purchase a water filter for their home. Doing so can help to decrease exposure to lead poisoning. Other steps to take include:
- Discontinued use of any water feared to include lead, including use of water for food preparation, bathing, etc.
- Eat and drink fruits and foods high in Calcium, Vitamin C and Iron
- Including fresh fruits and vegetables into daily diet
Ultimately, the best treatment for lead poisoning should be provided by a medical professional; the suggestions above are still considered to be helpful supplements to medical treatment. Those concerned over lead in New Jersey water should proactively engage their doctor for a course of action, as well as remain vigilant in demanding answers from government officials on what remedy will be provided. Only then will answers develop over possible lead concerns in New Jersey’s water.
For more information on protecting your rights in the event you have suffered physical or financial harm due to problems with New Jersey water, contact us today!