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Woodbridge Township | Middlesex NJ Water Quality Report

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Sources Of Drinking Water in Woodbridge Township | Middlesex County, New Jersey

Where does Woodbridge Township get its water from? The Middlesex system produced 14.4 billion gallons of water in 2017. We utilize both surface and groundwater supplies during various times of the year and customers may receive either or a blend of both sources depending upon location and demands. Surface water is obtained from the Delaware and Raritan Canal (D&R Canal), which is owned by the State of New Jersey and operated by the New Jersey Water Supply Authority. This source is supplemented by supplies from the Round Valley and Spruce Run Reservoir Systems. Surface water sources provide 74 percent of the water distributed by the system. The remainder comes from our wells (19 percent) and purchased water (7 percent) from New Jersey American Water-Raritan System. 

The Company obtains groundwater from its Park Avenue and Spring Lake Wellfields in South Plainfield and from its Tingley Lane Wellfields in North Edison. The Middlesex System has 31 wells, which, in 2017, produced approximately 2.8 billion gallons of water. Groundwater comes from an underground source of water known as the Brunswick Aquifer. Water quality is monitored at the Plant, at each wellfield, and throughout the distribution system to determine that water delivered to our customers meets federal and state drinking water quality standards. During water emergencies, Middlesex Water Company can suspend, increase or decrease supplies from any of its sources. Depending on where you live you may receive all surface, all ground or a combination of surface and ground water.  Does Woodbridge Township add fluoride to its water? Is Woodbridge Township's water safe to drink?

Source: Woodbridge Township 

Contaminants Found in Woodbridge Township's Water Supply

(Detected above health guidelines)

Chromium (hexavalent)

Chromium (hexavalent) is a carcinogen that commonly contaminates American drinking water. Chromium (hexavalent) in drinking water may be due to industrial pollution or natural occurrences in mineral deposits and groundwater.

Perfluorinated Chemicals

Perfluorinated chemicals are a group of synthetic compounds used in hundreds of products from nonstick pans to stain-repellent clothing, wire coatings and firefighting foam. This utility detected Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA).

Potential Health Effects of Consuming These Contaminants

Health risks of chromium (hexavalent) in excess of health guideline

Cancer: The health guideline of 0.02 ppb for chromium (hexavalent) was defined by the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as a public health goal, the level of a drinking water contaminant that does not pose a significant health risk. This health guideline protects against cancer.

Health risks of Perfluorinated Chemicals in excess of health guideline

Endocrine Disruption | Cancer:  These chemicals have been linked to endocrine disruption, accelerated puberty, liver and immune system damage, thyroid changes, and cancer risk. Sometimes referred to as PFC, PFOA, PFOS, or PFCs.

Contaminant Levels in Woodbridge Township Compared to Other Regions

Chromium (hexavalent)

 - Health Guideline: 0.02 ppb

 - Woodbridge Township, NJ: 0.104 ppb

 - State: 0.153 ppb

 - National: 0.782 ppb

Perfluorinated Chemicals (Status): 

No national drinking water standard exists. Perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) is a member of a group of perfluorinated chemicals used in many consumer products. PFOS and other perfluorinated chemicals can cause serious health effects, including cancer, endocrine disruption, accelerated puberty, liver and immune system damage, and thyroid changes. These chemicals are persistent in the environment and they accumulate in people.

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