BLOOMFIELD, NJ --
In an ongoing effort to educate residents about the possible build up of lead in
old homes, and ways to reduce exposure, Bloomfield Mayor Michael Venezia and
the Township Council are hosting a Community Public Forum on Monday, February
25 beginning at 6:00pm in the Council Chambers on the second floor of Town
Hall. Health officers in the Health Department, and the Township Engineer will
be on hand to discuss the Township’s Lead Remediation Program, through which
residents can obtain test sample testing kits, and PUR water filters for free.
Water testing by Bloomfield has found several
homes that exceed lead standards. While there is no finding of lead in the
general water system, excess lead has been found in older homes.
Many homes where plumbing has not been renovated
since 1986 have lead-coated faucets. The Health and Human Services Department
and Township Engineer Paul Lasek recently joined the Mayor, Council and
Township Administrator at a public
forum aimed at sharing critical information on how to prevent lead build up. One way to reduce traces of lead
built up in faucets is to allow your water to run for at least 30 seconds
before using water from that faucet.
PUR activated carbon filters are considered
industry standard, and have been found to remove 99.9% of lead found in water
and reduce the level of Chlorine by-products. PUR filters can be picked up from
the Health Department, located at 1 Municipal Plaza, Bloomfield, between the
hours of 9:00-11:00am and 2:00-4:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and
Thursday. Residents should bring ID. Supplies are
limited to Bloomfield residents with proof of residency such as a tax bill,
utility bill, or driver’s license. Visit the Health Department in person, or
call 973-680-4024 to get your free filter, and home lead testing kit.