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Lead Service Line Replacement Program


Program Goal

The City of Newark is working to minimize lead exposure from drinking water plumbing by replacing residential service lines that are made with lead materials. The City is currently providing the opportunity for homeowners to replace their lead service lines at a reduced cost.


Did you receive a letter from the City to participate?


Yes, I received the letter

At this time, the City is offering to replace your lead service line with a new copper line for a reduced cost. To elect to have your lead service line replaced under this program, click the Register button and follow the instructions to submit your form. The city is currently accepting registrations for the first phase of line replacements.

No, I haven't received a letter

If you haven't received a notification letter, but you know you have a lead service line, then your line is planned for replacement at a later phase in the program. You can follow this website for further updates and view this example letter.

If you aren't sure whether you have a lead service line, contact us with the results, or contact the City at waterandsewer@ci.newark.nj.us or (973) 733-6303 to request an inspection for material verification.


Lead Service Lines in Newark

It is estimated that, of the approximate 36,000 residential water service accounts in the City’s distribution system, there are approximately 15,000 full or partial lead service lines in the system. The City is somewhat unique in that the entire portion of each service line is owned by the customer/property owner.


The City recently exceeded the federal “Action Level” for lead at the 90th percentile of a sample pool of 233 customers. On July 11, 2017, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) sent a letter to the City that outlined a series of actions in response to the Lead Action Level exceedance. The letter required the City to replace, or offer to replace, a minimum of 7% of their residential lead service lines (LSLs) within one year of the exceedance.