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Stricter standards for New Jersey drinking water in 2021

November 30, 2020

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has adopted amendments to the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) rules to establish a maximum contaminant level (MCL) for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and an MCL for perfluorooctanesulfonic acid (PFOS). PFOA and PFOS are part of a larger class of substances referred to as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which have been detected in drinking water supplies in New Jersey and pose serious health threats to consumers. These new requirements affect ALL community and non-transient non-community water systems starting in the first quarter of 2021 as well as private wells subject to sale or lease starting December 1, 2021. Currently, there are no federal drinking water standards for these contaminants.

T&M’s experienced PFAS team is familiar with the proposed amendment and has developed a summary of these changes.

The full rule adoption is provided here for additional detail. NJDEP’s frequently asked questions are here.

For more information, please contact Cindy Jacobsen at 614.402.2802 or cjacobsen@tandmassociates.com