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Bayonne releases Suez Water database of properties with lead service lines

The data can be searched on the city's website at bayonnenj.org

A graphic breaking down Suez Water's stake in the water lines.

Keeping in line with a recent state mandate, Mayor James Davis announced that Suez Water has provided the city with a list of properties in Bayonne that specifies which properties have lead services lines and which properties do not.

Service lines are the pipes that connect buildings to the water mains in the
street. The same database also shows the properties that have galvanized service lines, non-lead service lines, and service lines with an unknown status.

“As required by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Suez Water has provided the City of Bayonne the required information for posting on our municipal website,” Davis said. “The database is immense, but it does allow for our residents and property owners to search it by property address to find out the status of the service lines leading into their homes and buildings.”

Suez Water began compiling data about service lines a few years ago when
it placed new water meters in Bayonne properties. The database is available for the public to search online on the city’s website at www.bayonnenj.org.

“Unlike most communities, we are very fortunate that Bayonne already has an existing service line status database and we have been able to identity the properties with lead service lines,” Davis said. “Having a completed database puts us in a much better position to attack this issue as quickly as possible.”

He continued, “Suez Water is responsible for the database and the way in which it is laid out. Their list is not arranged in street order. As a service to our residents, the City of Bayonne added a way for residents and property owners to save time and search for their addresses quickly in Suez Water’s list of more than 12,000 addresses. In some cases, neighboring houses claim the same house number. By using block and lot numbers, people should be able to determine which service line information goes with which house.”

See the status of your service line

To find an address in the database:
1. Press Ctrl+F, or go to Home > Find > Select > Find.
2. In the Find What: box, type the text, addresses or numbers you want to
find. Click Find Next to run your search.
3. When searching, use E for East and W for West.
4. Use ST for STREET.
5. Sometimes the list uses AV for Avenue, and sometimes it uses AVENUE
for Avenue. If AV does not produce results, then try AVENUE. If
AVENUE does not produce results, then try AV.

According to Suez Water, there are 12,245 service lines connected to the
Bayonne water system. Each type of service line has an abbreviation in the
database. Out of that total, the majority (8,376, or about 68%) are non-lead (NL) lines. There are 2,335 properties with lead (L) lines. Another 338 have galvanized (G) lines. Suez Water has combined the Lead (L) and the Galvanized (G). Suez added Lead (L) lines and Galvanized (G) lines into a list it calls “known lead service lines,” which represents about 21% (2,673) of the total. An additional 1,196, or nearly 10% of the total, are counted as “Lead Status Unknown,” or UL. The Lead, Galvanized and “Lead Status Unknown” lines all need to be replaced.

“The City of Bayonne will be working with Suez Water to find federal and or state funding to pay for the replacement of lead service lines and the other lines that need to be changed out,” Davis said. “Our goal is to obtain new service lines for our affected residents and property owners as quickly and efficiently as possible. In the coming weeks and months, we will have additional announcements to make as we develop a system for installing new service lines.”

Suez Water has prepared a list of questions and answers about lead service
lines, which is on the city’s website alongside the database of addresses and their lead service line status.

Christopher Halleron, a spokesperson for Suez Water, said there was not lead present in the water.

“It’s important for residents to understand that Lead is not present in the water supplied to the City of Bayonne and there are no lead water mains,” Halleron said. “Bayonne’s water has been safely treated by North Jersey District Water Supply Commission (NJDWSC) since 1928. However, decades ago, lead was commonly used in the smaller service lines flowing from the mains into individual properties, or within indoor plumbing systems. If your home was built prior to June 1986, there remains a possibility that it contains lead or galvanized materials including the service line, solder used in the bonding fixtures and pipes, and bathroom/kitchen fixtures.”

He continued: “Well before those amendments were enacted last July, the City of Bayonne and SUEZ have been proactively taking steps to mitigate the potential for lead entering the water from those sources. Customers should be advised that Bayonne’s water system is treated under standards set by NJDEP Water Quality Parameters to prevent lead and copper from leaching into the drinking water by creating a coating on the inner walls of the pipes. This treatment has been established as a safe and effective strategy for water utilities nationwide, and the City of Bayonne’s water utility also does regular Water Quality Parameter and Lead & Copper testing as per the Lead & Copper Rule, to monitor the treatment’s effectiveness.”

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