Lead contamination of the drinking water in some schools has raised concerns about New Jersey’s aging water infrastructure. State lawmakers are considering forming a task force to study what improvements the water system needs. That would be extremely valuable to ensure water quality over the long term, said Dennis Hart of the Utility and Transportation Contractors Association. “It’s been my experience in 35 years that the state of New Jersey has a history when it comes to water resource-related uses to focus on the crisis on hand and then forget about the crisis the minute that it has passed and move on to something else,” Hart said. About 25 percent of the water in urban areas leaks out of old pipes, said New Jersey Sierra club director Jeff Tittel. That can reduce the flow from taps if there’s not enough water in reservoirs in the summertime to make up for it.
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