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Drinking Water Research

Drinking water studies include forecasting algal blooms, susceptibility of potable water distribution systems, tentatively identified compounds, arsenic and mercury in residential well water, dermal absorption of inorganic arsenic from water lead, nitrates, giardia, cryptosporidium, and reservoir protection.

Staff Expertise

Lee Lippincott - (609) 984-4699

Pathogens & Viruses
Tom Atherholt (609) 984-2212

Standards and Human Health
Gloria Post - (609) 292-8497

Water Treatment
Lee Lippincott - (609) 984-4699

Water glass -photo

Private Well Testing Act -

Status of NJDEP PFOA Activities (August 2009)

Occurrence of Unregulated Compounds in Surface Waters, Ground Waters and Public Drinking Water Supplies in NJ

NJDEP Comments on Drinking Water Contaminant Candidate List 3--Draft - Federal Register:February 21, 2008, Volume 73, Number 35, p. 9627-9654. Comments focus on four chemicals of concern to New Jersey: PFOA, 1,2,3-trichloropropane, MTBE, and perchlorate. - (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2007-1189) -comment date 5/21/08

Forecasting Algal blooms in Surface Water Systems with Artificial Neural Networks - March 2006

Susceptibility of Potable Water Distribution Systems to Negative Pressure Transients - June 2006

Contaminants in Drinking Water

Homeowner's Guide to Arsenic in Drinking Water


Reports & Project Summaries

The New Jersey Private Well Testing Act: An Overview (2009)

Northern New Jersey Radionuclide Investigation: Determination of Uranium, Radium and Radon in Ground Water with High Gross Alpha-Particle Activity, and Implications for Future Monitoring Efforts (2008)

Evaluation and Assessment of Organic Chemical Removal Technologies for New Jersey Drinking Water - Ground Water Report - January, 2007 (405 kb)

Evaluation and Assessment of Organic Chemical Removal Technologies for New Jersey Drinking Water - Surface Water Report- January, 2007 (325 kb)

Dermal Absorption of Inorganic Arsenic from Water (White Paper Summary) (2003)

Arsenic and Mercury in Residential Well Water from Readington and Raritan Townships, Hunterdon County, New Jersey(2002)

Effects of Ozonation vs. Chlorination Water Treatment Operations on National Organic Matter Fractions (1998)

Nitrate in Drinking Water Wells in New Jersey: Burlington, Gloucester, Mercer, Ocean, and Salem Counties (1988)

Variability of Chlorate Levels in Sodium Hypochlorite Feedstock and Finished Drinking Water in New Jersey (1997)

Occurrence of Agricultural Pesticides in Surface Drinking Water Sources in New Jersey (1995)

Survey of Surface Source Waters for Giardia and Cryptosporidium and Water Treatment Efficiency Evaluation (1995)

Evaluation of Chemical and Physical Characteristics of Water Treatment Residuals Before and After a Freeze-Thaw Cycle (1994)

Lead in New Jersey School Drinking Water: Results of a Monitoring Study (1993)

Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Four Point-of-Use Domestic Activated Carbon Filteration Devices for the Removal of Four Volatile Organic Contaminants from Drinking Water - December, 1992 (33.8mb)

Public Evaluations of Reservoir Protection (1992)

Office of Science
Dr. Gary A. Buchanan, Manager
Mailing Address:
Mail code 428-01, P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 0862

Phone: (609) 984-6070
Fax: (609) 292-7340

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