The federal and state governments have mandated a program to investigate the locations of all lead and galvanized steel water services in every New Jersey municipality, including Avalon.  While lead service lines largely do not exist in Avalon, the Borough is obligated to test pit every property in Avalon to determine if lead or galvanized water service lines exist.  This process will take a few to several years and will begin in 2024.  If lead or galvanized water services are found, the community is obligated to replace them.

This program results in approximately $1 million of capital expenses to the Borough each year for the next several years.  This program is paid by property owners in every New Jersey municipality, including Avalon.  Avalon’s Borough Council has instituted a $10/quarter surcharge on every water meter in the Borough to help defray partial costs associated with this program.  This surcharge will remain in effect until rescinded by Council.

Here is information on this statewide program:

NJDEP | Lead Exposure Reduction

Here is a copy of the ordinance allocating funds to this program by the Borough of Avalon: