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McKeon: Now is Time to Act on Water Infrastructure in New Jersey

(TRENTON) — Assemblyman John F. McKeon (D-Essex), the vice-chairman of the Assembly Environment Committee, had the following published recently on

“The drinking water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan should serve as a wakeup call in New Jersey that we have neglected our water infrastructure for far too long. While our state has a history of being proactive in regards to protecting our water supply, our long-term lack of investment in our aging water delivery infrastructure and deteriorating supply systems present serious risks to the safety of our drinking water.

“We have already seen the impact that our badly degraded water infrastructure has had in our most populous cities where high lead levels were detected in more than 3,000 young children in the state last year. Even more alarming, in 2014, 11 New Jersey cities were found to have a higher percentage of citizens with elevated blood-lead levels than the rates found in Flint…”

To read the rest of Assemblyman McKeon’s op-ed, click here.