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NJ Spotlight - Achieving Lead-Free School Water in New Jersey

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Hilton Garden Inn Hamilton

800 U.S. 130

Hamilton Township, NJ 08690

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Hundreds of New Jersey schools, including those in Newark, have tested positive for lead in their students’ drinking water, raising urgent questions about how to pay for upgrades that will make water permanently safe.

Now state officials have $100 million to spend on improving drinking water infrastructure in schools as part of $500 million in bond funding under the Securing Our Children’s Future Act approved by voters in November 2018.

To spend the money most effectively, officials are considering measures such as:

  • Replacing lead service lines and water fountains
  • Installing filters or other technology
  • Concentrating the funding in school districts that are most affected by lead in water infrastructure or spreading the spending evenly across the state

In this NJ Spotlight roundtable event, public officials, public policy advocates, school district leadership, and construction, plumbing, and building trades representatives will discuss the best paths forward to improving the drinking water infrastructure in New Jersey schools.

The keynote address will cover the Chicago Public Schools' Water Quality Testing and Mitigation Program for lead-contaminated drinking sources.

Attendees may submit questions for consideration in advance of the event as part of the registration process.

Opening remarks:

Chris Sturm, Managing Director, Policy and Water, New Jersey Future


Keynote:

Robert M. Christlieb, LEED AP, Director of Operations for Facilities, Chicago Public Schools; designer/developer of Water Quality Testing and Mitigation Program for lead-contaminated drinking sources at Chicago Public Schools


Panelists:

Michael J. Furrey, Legislative Liaison, American Water Works Association, New Jersey section; former Advisory Board for Licensing of Water and Wastewater Operators; Adjunct Professor for Rutgers University

Senator Linda R. Greenstein, Assistant Majority Leader; Law and Public Safety, Chair; Environment and Energy, Vice-Chair; Joint Committee on the Public Schools, New Jersey State Senate

Dan Kennedy, Director of Environmental & Utility Operations, Utility and Transportation Contractors Association (UTCA)

Gerard M. Waites, Legislative Counsel & Policy Advisor, United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders, & Service Techs

Valerie W. Wilson, SBA ,QPA, RSBA, School Business Administrator, Newark Public Schools


Moderator:

Jon Hurdle, Contributing Editor, NJ Spotlight


Sponsors:

NJEA is proud to partner with Healthy Schools Now in its mission to ensure safe learning and working conditions for New Jersey’s public schools students and the educators and other professionals who work with them.



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