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Posted on: February 22, 2019

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Venezia, Township Officials to Host a Community Meeting on Lead Prevention Monday at 6:00pm

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.


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