The disruption to your service to remove and replace your lead service can temporarily affect your water quality, including increasing lead levels for a short time because the pipes have been disturbed.
After an initial flush of the replaced service line is completed by the contractor, remove the faucet aerators from all cold water taps in the home and fully open the water taps throughout the home for 30 minutes, starting at the lowest level. Be sure to include bathtubs and showers. When the last cold water tap on the highest level has flushed for 30 minutes, turn off each tap starting from the highest level of the home.
Always use fresh, cold, running water for drinking, cooking and preparing baby formula.
Regularly change or clean out all faucet screens and aerators. Contact the Newark Department of Water and Sewer Utilities at (973) 733-6303 or email email@example.com to get your water tested after replacement of your lead service line.