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Your Update from Lead-Free NJ | August 2023

Warm Welcome to PRAC of Southern New Jersey

and Paterson Alliance 

Lead-Free NJ centers Community Hubs to advance local solutions driven by community members most impacted by lead hazards. Hubs help define the collaborative’s yearly objectives, advance long-term goals, and spearhead advocacy projects in their community.

Lead-Free NJ is thrilled to collaborate with PRAC of Southern New Jersey and Paterson Alliance as community hubs. Our partnerships will strengthen and expand our work of eliminating lead poisoning through community-driven initiatives.

PRAC (Puerto Rican Action Committee) of Southern New Jersey joined Lead-Free NJ as the community hub in South Jersey. Since 1971, PRAC of Southern New Jersey has delivered educational, health, and social services to low and moderate-income community members in South Jersey. They provide free remediation and/or abatement of lead-based paint hazards in Salem, Cumberland, and Cape May. Please contact Geovanni Cantizano to connect with PRAC.

From left to right: Geovanni Cantizano, PRAC of Southern NJ and Heather Sorge, Lead-Free NJ speak at the July 12, 2023 Joint Lead-Free NJ and Jersey Water Works membership meeting.

Paterson Alliance joined the Lead-Free NJ collaborative as the community hub in Paterson. A coalition of over 100 Paterson-based nonprofit organizations, Paterson Alliance unites nonprofit and community partners to collaborate towards their vision of Paterson as a city of happy, healthy, engaged citizens, living well and participating in creating a vibrant future. Contact Shanikwa Lemon to connect with Paterson Alliance.

Paterson Alliance staff members Shanikwa Lemon (left) and Inge Spungen (right) speak at the July 12, 2023 Joint Lead-Free NJ and Jersey Water Works membership meeting.

Thank you to Newark Water Coalition and

Passaic County Habitat for Humanity for your Leadership as Lead-Free NJ Community Hubs

Newark Water Coalition and Passaic County Habitat for Humanity have transitioned out of their roles as Lead-Free NJ community hubs in Newark and Paterson. Lead-Free NJ is grateful for the leadership roles that both organizations have played within the collaborative. We are immensely proud of all of the accomplishments they have made, and we look forward to our continued work together as Passaic County Habitat for Humanity and Newark Water Coalition stay connected with LFNJ as partner organizations.

Anthony Diaz (Newark Water Coalition) speaks at the July 12, 2023 Joint Lead-Free NJ and Jersey Water Works membership meeting.

Support Newark Water Coalition and stay connected with their work.

Pictured left to right: Kiara Ruiz, Paterson School 12 and Aracelis Ruiz, formerly Passaic County Habitat for Humanity.

Support Passaic County Habitat for Humanity and stay connected with their work.

East Trenton Collaborative Brings Lead Testing to

the Community

Trenton Community Hub leader Shereyl Snider has coordinated with Rutgers University PhD student Sean Stratton to train Trenton community members to collect soil samples from their neighbor’s homes for lead testing. Rutgers will analyze the results, offer blood lead testing, and provide resources for lead hazard mitigation. 

Save the date! Community health fairs with food, activities, and lead poisoning prevention information will take place in Trenton this fall, including the East Trenton Health Fair on September 16 and the First Annual Lead Awareness Day & Community BBQ on October 7. Contact Shereyl Snider for more information.

Provide Feedback to the NJ Department of Community Affairs

Complete this survey, administered by Isles Inc., to provide recommendations for potential improvements to the New Jersey Lead Assistance Programs. Contact Peter Rose with any questions or concerns.

Take the Survey

Let’s Get the Lead Out of Our Drinking Water: New Primer on Key Efficiency Measures for NJ Mayors & Local Officials

Lead pipes account for 75% of all lead in drinking water exposure. Water systems in New Jersey must replace all lead service lines (LSL) by 2031. Local officials play a very important role in the safety and welfare of all New Jerseyans. Lead service line replacement requires cross-sector collaboration among local, regional, and state agencies. This periodic primer from the Jersey Water Works Lead in Drinking Task Force and LSL Implementation Work Group provides an overview of 10 LSL efficiency measures that local officials need and want to know. Read the report.

July Membership Meeting Recap

Did you miss our first in-person Lead-Free NJ membership meeting in July? Read the meeting highlights here.

Connections being made and strengthened during the Lead-Free NJ breakout session at the July membership meeting.


New Jersey Chapter of American Academy of Pediatrics Childhood Lead Prevention Project

For pediatricians: sign up today

Sewage-Free Streets and Rivers Community Leadership Action Program

For community members and organizations: apply today

Resources Highlight

2023 Primer for Mayors - Let’s Get the Lead Out of Our Drinking Water: Lead Service Line Efficiency Measures

Environmental Justice Toolkit for Lead Paint Enforcement Programs

Rinsey the Raccoon hand washing curriculum for students ages 3-8

Free Lead Testing: Bloomfield Encourages Residents To Sign Up

'Don't Bring Lead Home' educates New Yorkers about exposure to lead in certain occupations and hobbies

Lead Service Line (LSL) Replacement Financing and Implementation workshop

Lead in the News


Biden-Harris Administration Announces $58 million to Reduce Lead in Schools and Childcare Facilities Through Investing in America Agenda


Biden-Harris Administration Proposes to Strengthen Lead Paint Standards to Protect Against Childhood Lead Exposure

Featuring LFNJ Steering Committee Co-Chair Debbie Mans

New Lead Exposure Rule a Step Towards Racial Equity, says Network

Featuring LFNJ Advocacy Committee Co-Chair, Kelvin Boddy


East Trenton models a way to replace aging lead pipes

Featuring LFNJ Trenton Community Hub, East Trenton Collaborative

Decades after the dangers of lead became clear, some cities are leaving lead pipe in the ground

New Jersey American Water Launching Education Campaign to Encourage Customers to Identify & Report Their Service Line Material

Getting the lead out: Jersey City MUA to begin replacing 16,000 pipes in August

US lead pipe replacements stoke concerns about plastic and environmental injustice

Telecom Cables

EPA Will Probe Telecom Cables For Lead In Part Of West Orange

US EPA seeks lead-cable information from AT&T, Verizon


More Atlantic City, New Jersey Fire Station Toxic Lead Findings

Raritan Borough to Hire Company for Lead-Based Paint Inspections


Are There Still Heavy Metals in Baby Food?


Lead and other metal contaminants increase heart disease risk, AHA warns: ‘We need to do better’

Consumer Items

Here’s Why You Should Test Thrifted Items for Lead

Soojimus Recalls CUPKIN Stainless Steel Children’s Cups Due to Violation of Federal Lead Content Ban (Recall Alert)

Lead Product Recalls archive on Lead-Free NJ website

Lead Related Bills to Watch

  • S280 - Requires DOE and DCF to establish online reporting systems for schools and child care centers to report lead testing results.
  • A799 - Allows gross income tax deduction for amounts paid for removal of lead, asbestos, sodium, chloride, and other contaminants from taxpayer's property.
  • A659 - Authorizes common law public nuisance suits regarding lead paint under State law; exempts Attorney General from certain aspects of public nuisance claims when pursuing lead paint actions.
  • A1892 - Allows municipalities to establish loan programs to fund replacement of lead service lines.
  • A2416 - Requires financial institution that has foreclosed on property to remove water service lines that contain lead.
  • A3712/S2695 - Requires disclosure of lead drinking water hazards to tenants of residential units; prohibits landlords from obstructing replacement of lead service lines; requires inspection of residential rental units for lead drinking water hazards. 
  • S1507 - Revises and codifies schedule for childhood lead screenings; requires lead screenings as precondition of child's initial entry into school system.
  • A4770 - Requires landlords of certain properties providing child care services who refuse lead service line replacements to install and maintain water filters.
  • A2416 - Requires financial institution that has foreclosed on property to remove water service lines that contain lead.

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The Mission of Lead-Free NJ

About 4,000 children in NJ are lead-poisoned every year. Many of these children reside in low-income communities and/or communities of color and are most at risk because investments have not been made to remove lead from its most common sources—paint, water, and soil. Lead-Free NJ is a collaborative made up of neighbors, friends, families, faith leaders, professionals, and elected officials working together to #GetTheLeadOut. 

Staff Contact

Heather Sorge, Program Manager

(609) 262-3646 (direct)


Cassie Bolinger, Program Coordinator

609-262-3541 (direct)


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