Lead is a common metal found in the environment. Drinking water is just one possible source of lead exposure. The main sources of lead exposure are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust or soil, and some plumbing materials. In addition, lead can be found in certain types of pottery, pewter, brass plumbing fixtures, food, and cosmetics. Other sources include exposure in the work place and exposure from certain hobbies (lead can be carried on clothing or shoes). Lead is found in some toys, playground equipment, and children’s metal jewelry.
Lead is not present in the water supplied to you.
When water has been in contact with pipes or plumbing that contains lead for several hours, the lead may enter the drinking water. This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning, or later in the afternoon after returning from work or school, can contain fairly high levels of lead.
If you think there may be lead in your drinking water, call the Customer Service Department at 973-340-4300 and ask for a free lead testing kit.