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streamNew Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute

The New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute, established by the 1983 amendments to the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act (N.J.S.A. 58:12A1 et seq., P.L. 1983, c. 443), is responsible for developing maximum contaminant levels (MCL) or standards for hazardous contaminants in drinking water and recommending these standards to the Commissioner of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). The standard setting process was established within the 1983 amendments to the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act.

There are fifteen members of the Institute. Six members serve ex officio and 9 members are appointed three each by the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the Assembly. The appointed members are from the academic scientific community, the public or the regulated public water supply systems. The Governor designates the Chairman of the Institute. The first meeting of the Institute was held in March 1985.

In addition to recommending drinking standards to the Commissioner of NJDEP, the Institute is responsible for making recommendations for the implementation of the drinking water quality program. Three subcommittees were established to address the main areas of concern outlined in the legislation. The Health Effects Subcommittee (formerly Lists and Levels Subcommittee) is responsible for recommending health based levels for the contaminants listed in the legislation and for developing an additional list of drinking water contaminants based on occurrence in New Jersey drinking waters. For carcinogenic contaminants, the statutory goal is to establish a standard which would not, within the limits of medical, scientific and technological feasibility, permit cancer in more than one in one million persons ingesting the contaminant over a lifetime. For noncarcinogens, the statutory goal is to establish a standard, which would not result in any adverse physiological effects following ingestion within the limits of practicability and feasibility. The Testing Subcommittee is responsible for developing appropriate analytical methods to measure levels as close to the health based levels as possible and developing appropriate monitoring frequencies. The Treatment Subcommittee (formerly Program Subcommittee) is responsible for evaluating best available treatment technologies for removal of the hazardous contaminants from drinking water, as well as overall program review. More recently, a Radon Ad-Hoc Subcommittee was formed to evaluate the risks, costs, and benefits associated with regulating radon in drinking water based on occurrence data within the state.

Upcoming Meeting: April 29, 2014
Time: 1:00 p.m.

Location: NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust
3131 Princeton Pike
Building 4 Suite 216
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648-2201


Meeting Minutes (Minutes are posted after approval at the subsequent meeting.)

Directions: DEP, Trenton NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust DOH Laboratory

Recommendations for Maximum Contaminant Levels

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