About the Filter Distribution
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.
You can pick up your free filter at one of the locations listed below.
To verify if your home is affected please use the lookup tool (below) 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.
To reduce your lead exposure, the city recommends you clean the aerators on unfiltered faucets every week. Newark is also offering free water testing upon request. Please contact the Department of Water & Sewer Utilities at (973) 733-6370 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule testing.
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.