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.

 

Check Your Address for Filter Eligibility

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We recommend using the full screen app.

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.

 

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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

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Ready To Get A Filter?

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.

 

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 →

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the water filter deployment program? How many filters have been handed out so far?

The City of Newark has initiated a program to distribute over 40,000 NSF Certified water filters to Newark residents. The Newark Department of Water & Sewer Utilities has been working tirelessly to reach residents and distribute filters. There are seven distribution centers located throughout the city where residents can obtain a filter, and canvassers are also delivering filters door-to-door. Since October 2018, the City has already delivered more than 34,000 filters to residents, spending over 25,000 hours going door-to-door in an effort to reach Newark families.

This program aims to supply water filters and replacement cartridges to single-family and multi-family homes that are serviced by the Pequannock Water System (all of west and south wards, and most of central and north wards) and have lead service lines or interior copper piping with lead solder, as well as homes tested by the City with a water lead level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) or higher. 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 unless there is a water lead test result 15 ppb or above.

It is recommended that pregnant women and children under 6 in affected homes use bottled water for drinking and cooking until a lead-safe filter is installed. Residents in affected homes should prepare formula for infants with bottled water until a filter is installed.

How can I find out if my home is impacted?

To verify if your home is affected please use the lookup tool (above) by searching for your address in the map. The tool will show you our records for the account and provide a recommendation for you to take action.

Newark is offering free water testing upon request. Please contact the Department of Water & Sewer Utilities at (973) 733-6303 or waterandsewer@ci.newark.nj.us to schedule testing.

Where can I obtain a water filter and replacement cartridge? What do I need to bring with me?

See details above about picking up a filter.

How often should I change my filter cartridge?

Each filter cartridge lasts up to 100 gallons or approximately 3 months.

  • If you see a green indicator light, your filter is functioning properly.

  • If you see a yellow light on your filter, that means you will need to change your cartridge soon.

  • If the light on your filter is red, that means it is time to change your filter.

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How do I install a Pur filter?

Great tasting PUR filtered water is as easy as 1-click.

The City of Newark is distributing Pur lead-safe water filters and cartridges to affected residents. Please watch the following YouTube video, which walks you through installing your filter.

Here is a basic overview on how to install your filter:

  • Your Pur filter package includes:

    • Faucet mount unit

    • Filter cartridge

    • Four faucet adapters and washers

    • Pur manual and product data sheet

  • Unscrew your faucet aerator and remove old washer

  • Select the faucet adapter that works best for your faucet and attach using your fingers to tighten; be sure black washer is inserted into the threaded side of adapter

    • If you have an external threaded faucet, try adapters A or B

      • Adapter A fits most external threaded faucets

    • If you have an internal threaded faucet, try adapters C or D

      • Adapter C fits most internal threaded faucets

  • Twist off the top of your mount unit, drop your filter into the unit, and replace the top cover

 
  • Attach filter onto your faucet until you hear a click

    • Make sure washer is firmly seated in the adapter before attaching unit to faucet

  • Push down on switch to filter your water

Do not run hot water when switch is in down/on position, this may damage the filter

  • The green indicator light will flash for a few seconds to indicate unit is functioning properly

  • Before use of a new filter or cartridge, run cold water for five minutes to flush cartridge to remove any lose material

    • Note: Cloudy water and the sound of air running through cartridge is normal during this flushing

  • For unfiltered water, pull the switch up

    • In this position you can run both hot and cold water

  • To remove your filter, press the white quick release buttons

  • Reattach it with one click

Now you’re ready to use your filter! For more information, please refer to the Pur Filter Manual.

 

How do I use my filter?

Below are tips to keep in mind when using your lead-safe water filter:

  • Push down on switch to filter your water

    • Do not run hot water when switch is in down/on position, this may damage the filter. If you need hot water for drinking or cooking, get cold filtered water from tap and then heat it

  • If you want unfiltered water, just pull the switch up

    • In this position you can run hot or cold water

  • If you need space to wash dishes or make room in your sink, swivel unit to rear of sink or remove altogether using white quick release buttons

  • To remove your filter, use the white quick release buttons

  • Before using a new filter unit or cartridge, run cold water for five minutes to flush cartridge to remove any lose material

    • Note: Cloudy water and the sound of air running through cartridge is normal during this flushing

 

How do I replace the filter cartridge?

Please watch this YouTube video showing how to replace a Pur filter cartridge:

Here is an overview on how to replace your filter cartridge:

  • Use white quick release buttons to remove filter unit from faucet

  • Twist off the top of your mount unit

  • Remove old filter cartridge

  • Drop your new filter cartridge into the mount unit

    • Make sure the filter is oriented correctly

  • Replace the top cover of mount unit

  • Attach filter onto your faucet until you will hear a click

  • Push down on switch to filter your water

  • The green indicator light will flash for a few seconds to indicate is functioning properly

  • Before use, run cold water for five minutes to flush cartridge to remove any lose material

    • Note: Cloudy water and the sound of air running through cartridge is normal during flushing

 

How often do I clean faucet aerators?

To reduce your risk of lead exposure, the City recommends you clean the aerators on unfiltered faucets every 3 to 4 weeks:

  • The aerator is the end-piece of your faucet where the water comes out

  • Unscrew the aerator

    • Make sure you note how the piece comes off so you know how to put it back together; parts can vary

  • Remove the screen and rinse out dirt that has built up

  • Screw the aerator back onto your faucet

What else is being done to minimize risk of lead exposure?

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 through the Lead Service Line Replacement Program. The Lead Service Line Replacement Program is an aggressive, eight-year, $75 million plan to remove approximately 15,000 lead service lines across Newark. The City is currently providing the opportunity for homeowners to replace their lead service lines at a reduced cost.

Since October 2018, the City of Newark has taken steps to minimize risk for residents, including:

  • Distributing over 34,000 lead-safe water filters and cartridges to impacted homeowners free-of-charge through distribution centers located throughout the city and door-to-door canvassing

  • Offering free water testing to homeowners

  • Developing a partnership with the State of New Jersey to replace residential lead service lines

  • Moving swiftly to install a new corrosion control system to replace the one that is no longer effective

Additional questions?

Please contact the Department of Water & Sewer Utilities at (973) 733-6303 or waterandsewer@ci.newark.nj.us.