Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation. We are required to monitor drinking water for the presence of contaminants including disinfection byproducts (DBPs) on a quarterly basis. The DBPs test results from the last monitoring period that ended on March 31, 2019 show that our system exceeds the standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL) for haloacetic acids (HAA5).
The test results of HAA5 at location N-7 was 68.6 ppb and at location N-8 was 62.4 ppb. These values exceed the HAA5 MCL of 60 micrograms per liter (ug/L).
What should I do?
What does this mean?
This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours. HAA5 are five haloacetic acid compounds which form when disinfectants react with natural organic matter in the water. *People who drink water containing haloacetic acids in excess of the MCL over many years may have an increased risk of getting cancer.*
What is being done?
This is an issue with our source water supplier, Newark Water Department and their disinfection process. When disinfectants are used in the treatment of drinking water, disinfectants react with naturally-occurring organic and inorganic matter present in water to form DBPs. Only a small section of Nutley receives its supply from the Newark Water Department.
According to Newark Water Department’s recent public notices, it is anticipated that the problem will be resolved within 3 to 6 months. We have taken the following corrective action:
For more information, please contact Dominic Ferry, Licensed Water Operator at (973) 284-4984 or email@example.com.
* Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.*.
This notice is being sent to you by the Nutley Water Department.
State Water System ID#: NJ0716001.
Date distributed: April 22, 2019.
The City of Newark serves a small area of Nutley with Pequannock Reservoir Water. This area is located west of Ridge Road and Van Winkle Avenue and bordered by Glenview Road, the Township of Nutley/Bloomfield boundary line and East Passaic Avenue.