Friday, November 15, 2013

NJDEP: New Brunswick filed false water reports

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection says it has filed administrative orders alleging that the City of New Brunswick’s Water Department repeatedly filed false reports for various water quality tests, submitted incorrectly calculated test results, and failed to notify the public when standards were not met.
New Brunswick Today reports:

"From early 2010 to spring 2013, New Brunswick repeatedly reported no problems with drinking water standards for key water criteria used to measure the potential for pathogens to be in the water supply. But a subsequent investigation showed that the system repeatedly violated these standards.
"The utility serves over 50,000 people in New Brunswick, and also sells "bulk water" to the Milltown Water Department and Franklin Township water system.
"In the related administrative order, the DEP alleges that Edward O'Rourke, an employee of the utility, reported false results to the DEP on required forms and monthly reports, although he certified them as accurate. The DEP has suspended O'Rourke's operating license and fined him $17,000."
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