April 5, 2023

City of Hoboken launches applications for lead service line replacement grants

The City of Hoboken today launched online applications for its Lead Service Line Replacement Grant Program, which aims to provide eligible Hoboken property owners with $1,000 in funding to replace their lead service lines.  

The program is part of the Hoboken Water Utility’s initiative to ensure high-quality service through the identification and replacement of all lead service lines citywide as mandated by Governor Phil Murphy's adoption of amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act and Municipal and County Utilities Authorities Law.  

The online application is available at www.hobokennj.gov/lslr-grant. Applicants must be Hoboken residents who own their home and have verified that their property’s service line from the water main to their property contains lead materials.

The Utility launched the City’s Lead Service Line Replacement Program in 2022, which aims to replace all lead service lines by 2031. Through a partnership with property owners, lead service lines will be prioritized and replaced through scheduled paving work, scheduled water main replacement work, or as identified as areas with high densities of children, areas of high-density lead service lines or unknown service lines, and as areas of overburdened environmental justice communities.

The Utility provides residents with free at-home testing kits to identify service line materials upon request. Residents can take sample swabs of their service line, which are then submitted to 120 Water, for verification of pipe material.

To request a testing kit, go to www.hobokennj.gov/lslr-test.

While no lead is present in the water leaving the treatment plant and there are no lead water mains in Hoboken, it is possible that a property owner’s service line from the water main to their meter could contain lead as lead was the industry standard for small-diameter water pipes prior to June 1986.  

Hoboken’s water system is treated under standards set by NJDEP Water Quality Parameters to prevent lead and copper from leaching into the drinking water. This treatment has been established as a safe and effective strategy for water utilities nationwide, and the City of Hoboken’s water utility also does regular Water Quality Parameter and Lead & Copper testing as per the Lead & Copper Rule, to monitor the treatment’s effectiveness.

To learn more about the program, read FAQ’s, view the interactive service line map and more, go to www.hobokennj.gov/lslr-program.