Important Announcement:

Filter Deployment Program

The City of Newark has initiated a program to distribute over 40,000 NSF Certified water filters to Newark residents. The Department of Water & Sewer Utilities has set up distribution centers throughout the city and is delivering filters door-to-door. Please read the public notice and watch the conference for additional information.

This program aims to supply water filters to single-family and multi-family homes that are supplied from the Pequannock Water System and have lead service lines or interior copper piping with lead solder. Large structures that are not served by lead service lines, such as apartment buildings and condominiums, as well as residential housing developments and homes built after 1986, are not covered under this program. Households in the Wanaque Water System, the blue shaded area of the map on the right, also do not require a filter under this program.

To reduce your lead exposure, the city recommends you clean the aerators on unfiltered faucets every 3 to 4 weeks. Newark is offering free water testing upon request. Please contact the Department of Water & Sewer Utilities at (973) 733-6370 or to schedule testing.

Filter Pick-up Locations

Tuesday-Friday 11am to 8pm, Saturday 11am to 6pm

Monday-Sunday 8am to 8pm

Monday-Friday 8am to 4:30pm

What do I need to bring with me to get a filter or replacement cartridge at a pick-up location?

If you are visiting one of our seven locations across the city to obtain a filter or cartridges, please bring the following with you:

  • Identification – a driver’s license or government-issued ID

  • Tenants/renters must provide Proof of Residency – a lease agreement, utility bill, cable bill, etc.

  • If possible, bring photos of your kitchen sink faucet so we can determine the type of filter to provide you.


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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 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.