Troubles with NJ Drinking-Water System: Easy to Spot, Costly to Correct

Here’s why it will cost billions of dollars to overhaul the state’s aging drinking-water infrastructure:

At least 20 percent of the system is more than 100 years old. Between 20 percent and 30 percent of treated water leaks from the system before it ever gets to the faucet. At least 137 public schools in New Jersey tested positive for lead in at least one drinking-water outlet this year.

No wonder a legislative task force yesterday began delving into what improvements are needed in the system delivering drinking water to customers. The lawmakers heard plenty about the problems, but few answers on where to get the money to solve them.

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