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 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 waterandsewer@ci.newark.nj.us to schedule testing.

 

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If you can’t find your address with the search tool, please verify that it was typed in correctly. If your address is not represented on the map or no instructions are provided, then our records indicate this address is not associated with a small residential unit with an independent water account within the City of Newark.

If our records are incorrect and this address is associated with a small residential unit with an independent water account, please Contact the Water & Sewer Department at (973) 733-6370 or (973) 733-6370 or waterandsewer@ci.newark.nj.us.

 

Need To Have Your Line Replaced?

Sign up with our online registration form.

Alternatively, download the Registration Form, fill it out and send it to us.  See the registration page for details.

Have questions or need to contact the Water & Sewer Department?

Call: (973) 733-6370

Email: waterandsewer@ci.newark.nj.us

https://www.newarknj.gov/departments/water_sewer

Ready To Get A Filter?

 

Filter Pick-up Locations

Pick-up Hours

  • Monday-Friday – 11am-8pm

  • Saturday-Sunday – 11am-6pm

What to Bring

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

  • Tenants shall 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

Take Action

What else can you do to reduce your exposure to lead from drinking water?

The current law allows end-use brass fixtures, such as faucets, with a maximum of 0.25 percent lead to be labeled as “lead free”. However, prior to 2014, “lead free” allowed up to 8 percent lead content, including those labeled National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified. Lead solder on copper piping was also commonly used on interior plumbing prior to 1986. Even if you do not have a lead service line, plumbing components in your home may still not be completely “lead free”. Here are ways you can reduce your exposure to lead:

Install your filter

How to install your filter (watch on YouTube)

 
  • Replace your lead service line (if you have one) with Newark’s ongoing Lead Service Line Replacement Program. Register Online

  • Always buy plumbing fixtures that are certified as “lead free” under the new law.

  • Install a filter on your drinking water faucet that is NSF 42 and NSF 53 certified to remove lead and replace the filters at the frequency recommended by the manufacturer.

  • Periodically remove and clean faucet screens and aerators for faucets.

  • Run your cold water tap until the water gets cold and then fill a pitcher with fresh water and store in your refrigerator for future use.

  • Always use fresh, cold, running water for drinking, cooking and preparing baby formula (not hot water).

  • Do not boil water for the purpose of removing lead. Boiling water does not remove lead.

  • Be careful of dust from lead-based paint.

  • Be careful of other sources of lead in your home, such as pottery, makeup, jewelry and toys. Wash your children’s hands and toys often.

  • Read Newark’s Public Education document, Important Information About Lead in Your Drinking Water

Learn more about Lead in Drinking Water →