Article | March 3, 2022

5 Lessons In Success From Newark's Lead Service Line Replacement Program

Source: 120Water

When routine water testing in Newark, New Jersey, turned up lead exceedances in both schools and residences, the public began putting immense pressure on the city to resolve the issue and keep the community safe. The City of Newark understood that traditional remediation techniques would not be enough, and drastic measures would need to be taken to avoid becoming the next Flint, MI.

While they knew they faced a costly uphill battle, city officials funded and launched an aggressive Lead Service Line Replacement Program (LSLR) in late 2018.

Their coordinated efforts resulted in the removal of 24,000 lead lines in less than three years — and demonstrated a masterclass in public communication and teamwork.

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