Villadom Times Weekly Newspaper Online - December 24, 2008 Issue
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December 24, 2008 THE VILLADOM TIMES I • Page 7 Area Moritz: Issues stem from plumbing, not water Ridgewood Water Company Director Frank Moritz said water company consumers in Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Mid- land Park, and Wyckoff should not be concerned about lead levels as long as they run their taps before collecting water to drink. “The key to the whole thing is to run the water,” Moritz said late last week. Moritz said the problem is a lead-pipe cinch. Residents whose homes’ internal pipes have been contaminated with lead from old-fashioned plumbing techniques could indeed experience water quality problems due to the lead solder in the pipes, but these problems can be quickly alleviated by running the water for 15 to 30 seconds before using it to drink. Running heated water through the pipes accelerates the lead problem, so hot water should not be used for cook- ing food or making baby formula. Instead, homeowners should dispense cold tap water and heat it for cooking. The lead, Moritz explained, does not come from the water provided by the Ridgewood Water Company but from the pipes in older homes. Ridgewood Water tested 63 homes for lead in September and found that eight homes had results of more than 15 parts of lead per billion. The Local municipalities that participate in the Well Baby Clinic sponsored by the Borough of Waldwick will soon see a $25 increase in the administrative fee. The Waldwick Council recently voted its approval of the change, which will take the current fee of $100 to $125. Municipalities that pay to participate in Waldwick’s clinic under an interlocal services agreement include Upper Saddle River, Allendale, Ho-Ho-Kus, Franklin Lakes, Midland Park, Oakland, and Wyckoff. The Well Baby Clinic is held on the second Tuesday of each month. Dr. Douglas Fenkart of Bergen West Pedi- atrics provides all eligible, uninsured preschoolers with immunizations, diagnostic screening (including blood testing), physical examinations, health education, and referrals. Waldwick Public Health Nurse Carol Shepard reported that two new immunization requirements have been added. Preschoolers, ages six months through 59 months- must have flu shots by Dec. 31 before each individual may attend school, and Tdap shots for students in sixth grade. This shot was previously only required for children up to the age of seven. Fees for shots and physicals, which are paid by the par- ticipating municipalities, will remain at $35 per visit that includes shots and physicals and $15 for immunizations alone. Shepard noted that the program could be dropped if the state provides universal health care for children. 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