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Landlords must tell you about lead in the tap water under bill passed by Senate

Blake Nelson | February 11, 2020 | NJ Advance Media |

State lawmakers on Monday took a step toward mandating that your landlord in New Jersey must tell you if there’s too much lead in your tap water — the latest attempt to address a statewide crisis.

The bill (S968), which passed the state Senate 39-0, would also speed up the timetable for when officials have to notify residents about dangerous amounts of lead. It still needs to be voted on by the state Assembly before it can head to the governor’s desk.

“New Jersey’s water infrastructure is getting older by the day, and we need to take immediate action to stem the negative effects,” state Sen. Troy Singleton, D-Burlington and the bill’s sponsor, said in a statement.

Jeff Tittel, director of the New Jersey Sierra Club, agreed that the change would help, although he cautioned in a statement that “we have a lot more to do.”

While current regulations require landlords to warn new renters about lead, they do not require regular updates for long-term tenants.


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