Given the news about lead contamination in the water at some Newark public schools and the unfolding story about the toxic metal in the water supply in Flint, MI, it’s no wonder that folks in New Jersey are uneasy about what comes out of the tap. In fact, according to the latest Rutgers-Eagleton poll, 52 percent of those surveyed are concerned about the water they drink: 33 percent are very concerned and 19 percent are somewhat
concerned. Twenty-two percent, however, are not very concerned; 24 percent are not concerned at all.
Despite strong general concern, New Jerseyans are mostly satisfied with the quality of the water coming into their homes. Nineteen percent rate their tap water as excellent; 45 percent rate it as good; 20 percent rate it fair; and 14 percent rate it as poor. These ratings have changed little over the past two decades.