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Posted on: September 16, 2021

NJ DEP lowers PFAS limits in Drinking Water; Livingston taking proactive steps

News Flash: Important information about PFAS and our water supply

NJ DEP Legislation

NJ has passed the most stringent PFAS limit in the country.

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) are an emerging group of common and widespread compounds that can be found in numerous types of everyday products treated to make them non-stick. Most notably, these include food packaging, carpets, leather and apparel, textiles, paper and packaging materials, and non-stick cookware. PFAS has spread throughout the environment and has been found in both soil and water. 

Livingston's Water Department Well #10 was shut down when it was found to be in violation of the recently lowered NJDEP threshold from 40 ppt (parts per trillion) to 14 ppt, having been found to contain 17 ppt.

The EPA guideline has been and remains to be 70 ppt. 

Issues relating to these compounds will be nationwide -- they are neither New Jersey- nor Livingston-specific.

For more information and helpful links, including a copy of the letter and violation information sent to every mailbox in Livingston, visit  livingstonnj.org/Water-PFAS.

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