Water company: Elevated lead found in homes in northern NJ

January 16, 2019 - 6:32 pm

HAWORTH, N.J. (AP) -- A water company serving northern New Jersey says tests at some homes have shown elevated lead levels.

Suez said Wednesday that the higher levels were found at 16 of 108 homes tested in Bergen and Hudson counties and that it has reported the findings to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The company is scheduled to provide more details at a news conference Wednesday afternoon. It says the likely cause is lead water lines that connect water mains to homes and businesses.

No lead has been detected in water leaving Suez's plant.

Suez says customers can request a free test of their drinking water and receive a water filter if levels exceed allowable limits.