New Jersey Drinking Water Quality Institute
1984 amendments to the New Jersey Safe Drinking Water Act (Act) at N.J.S.A. 58:12A- 20, established New Jersey’s Drinking Water Quality Institute (DWQI) as well as the drinking water standard setting process. The DWQI is responsible for developing maximum contaminant levels (MCL) or standards for hazardous contaminants in drinking water and for recommending those standards as well as recommendations for the implementation of the drinking water quality program to the Commissioner of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).
The DWQI has fifteen members - 6 members serve ex officio and 9 members are appointed, three each by the Governor, the Senate President, and the Speaker of the Assembly. Appointed members are from the academic scientific community, the public or the regulated public water supply systems. The Chairman is designated by the Governor.
Current Membership List
Current subcommittee membership list
The following subcommittees were established to address the main areas of concern outlined in the Act:
The Health Effects Subcommittee is responsible for recommending health-based levels for the contaminants listed in the Act and for developing an additional list of contaminants based on occurrence in NJ drinking waters. The statutory goals for these are:
- For carcinogenic contaminants - establish a standard which would not, within the limits of medical, scientific and technological feasibility, permit cancer in more than one in one million persons ingesting the contaminant over a lifetime.
- For noncarcinogens - establish a standard, which would not result in any adverse physiological effects following ingestion within the limits of practicability and feasibility.
The Testing Subcommittee is responsible for developing appropriate analytical methods to measure levels as close to the health-based levels as possible and for developing appropriate monitoring frequencies.
The Treatment Subcommittee is responsible for evaluating best available treatment technologies for removal of the hazardous contaminants from drinking water, as well as overall program review.
More recently, a Radon Ad-Hoc Subcommittee was formed to evaluate the risks, costs, and benefits associated with regulating radon in drinking water based on occurrence data within the State.
Subcommittee chairs may be contacted at email@example.com. Please be sure to identify the subcommittee or subcommittee chair that is the intended recipient. If you are requesting an opportunity to present information to a subcommittee please also include a paragraph describing the presentation topic.
Comments Received on Draft PFNA Subcommittee Reports presented at the April 8, 2014 meeting (see “Meetings” below to link to the documents). The comment period is now closed.
Upcoming Meeting - June 4, 2015 at 2 pm at USGS NJ Water Science Center
April 8, 2015 at 1 pm
Meeting Minutes (Minutes are posted after approval at the subsequent meeting.)
NJ Safe Drinking Water Act rules
NJ Safe Drinking Water Act
Recommendations for Maximum Contaminant Levels
- Hazardous Contaminants, March 2009
- Radon-222, February 2009
- Perchlorate, October 2005
- Arsenic, March 2003
- Radium, May 2002
- Hazardous Contaminants, September 1994
- Hazardous Contaminants, March 1987
- Health-Based Maximum Contaminant Level Support Documents
B - Section A - Benzene
B - Section B - Carbon Tetrachloride
B - Section C - Chlordane
B - Section D - Chlorobenzene
B - Section E - Dichlorobenzenes
B - Section F - 1,2-Dichloroethane
B - Section G - Dichloroethylenes (1,1-Dichloroethylene,
B - Section H - Ethylene Glycol
B - Section I - Formaldehyde
B - Section J - n-Hexane
B - Section K - Kerosene
B - Section L - Methyl Ethyl Ketone
B - Section M - Methylene Chloride
B - Section N - Polychlorinated Biphenyls
B - Section O - Tetrachloroethylene
B - Section P - 1,2,4 -Trichlorobenzene
B - Section Q- 1,1,1 - Trichloroethane
B - Section R - Trichloroethylene
B - Section S - Vinyl Chloride
B - Section T - Xylene