What Happens Next

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Closing the Levine Reservoir is just the first of several steps that need to be taken to provide you with clean, quality drinking water.

Closing the Levine Reservoir is not enough to reduce the risks of lead and other contaminants in the drinking water. We also need to replace the New Street and Great Notch reservoirs.

Reducing the risks of lead

Drinking water from open reservoirs is 3 times more likely to be at risk of higher lead. Removing open reservoirs from service is the only way we can treat the water to reduce the risks of lead in the drinking water.

Although lead is not present in the water when it leaves the plant, lead can leach into untreated water if it comes in contact with lead pipes in your home or business.

As the map shows, some consumers receive water that’s been treated to reduce the risk of lead, while some get their water

Passaic Valley map

from open reservoirs that can’t be treated. Repeated testing has shown that water from open reservoirs is 3 times more likely to result in elevated lead levels in the drinking water.

Rumors and misinformation
Despite the risks to public health and safety, a small group of political insiders continue to oppose our efforts to replace the reservoirs with water tanks. Their continued false statements serve only to advance their political agenda while trying to confuse consumers.

If you’d like to know the facts about closing the reservoirs, click on the link below.

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