Rutgers University-Newark Water Supply Fact Sheet

In light of water quality issues that are affecting some residences in Newark, we provide the following facts regarding the water supplied to Rutgers University-Newark:

  • Rutgers University – Newark’s buildings are not affected by the problems with elevated lead levels being experienced in some Newark residences. The water being provided to Rutgers-Newark through the city's distribution pipes does not contain lead, is potable, and no alternate source of water is necessary.


  • The problems receiving media attention regarding elevated lead levels in water in Newark are related to buildings that (1) are served by the Pequannock Water System AND (2) have lead service lines. No Rutgers–Newark residential buildings are served by the Pequannock Water System. Of the few Rutgers-Newark buildings that are served by the Pequannock Water System, none have lead service lines. Thus, the problems receiving attention in the media do not affect water in Rutgers-Newark buildings.


  • All residential facilities at Rutgers-Newark are served by the Wanaque Water System. Filters are not required for these locations. Students living in these residential facilities who wish to use their own filters nonetheless should be aware that not all commercial filters (Brita or otherwise) are certified to removed lead; those filters certified to remove lead have an NSF seal of approval on the packaging indicating that.


  • Rutgers-Newark’s residential building at 15 Washington Street was fully renovated with new plumbing lines and fixtures that are lead free (weighted average of less than 0.25% lead calculated across the wetted surface of the pipe, fittings and fixtures), and 77 Bleeker Street and 29 James Street were tested in the spring of 2019 and none of the results indicated a need for remedial action.


  • In addition, as part of Rutgers-Newark’s sustainability efforts and to support the expanded use of reusable water bottles, Rutgers-Newark has installed water dispensing stations at many locations throughout the campus. These stations contain filters that are tested and certified to reduce 99% of lead from water. Those locations include Talbott Apartments, Woodward Hall, and University Square, as well as recreation centers and academic buildings.


  • The Newark municipal water system is regulated by federal and state guidelines to constantly test the water supply. Additionally, the Newark Water Department is required to test annually and provide public notice if any sampling parameters exceed standards. The source water and water being distributed through the city water mains do not contain lead.


  • In consultation with the Newark Water Department and reviewing their periodic water testing results, it has been determined that the water provided at Rutgers-Newark is in compliance with EPA and NJDEP requirements for lead. Neither city, state, or federal authorities are recommending any form of lead remediation for water in Rutgers-Newark buildings.


  • Buildings in Newark that are affected by the lead problems receiving attention in the media are primarily single and multi-family residential properties. The City of Newark has implemented a new corrosion control treatment system to reduce the amount of lead leaching from older lead pipes and fixtures into the water in those locations.

Additional information about Newark’s water supply may be found by visiting the City of Newark's website at

Additional information on lead in drinking water may be found by visiting the New Jersey Department of Health website at: