Boil Water Advisory lifted for several Monmouth County towns
by Dan Alexander, originally posted on July 2, 2016
A boil water advisory for Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, Rumson and Sea Bright has been lifted except for several streets in Little Silver near the break.
New Jersey American Water said on Saturday night in a statement that Rumson Place, Garden Road, Pinckney Road, Branch Avenue, Spring Street, Fox Hill Drive, Silverwhite Avenue, Alden Terrace, Standish Road, Salem Lane and Bennett Lane are still under the boil water advisory. “Repairs are well underway to the water main on Rumson Place in Little Silver, and, barring any unforeseen obstacles, we anticipate that water service will be restored by mid-morning Sunday,” spokesman Peter A. Eschbach said in a statement.
NJAW advised that customers who are no longer under the order to take the following steps:
- Run your water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main.
- Empty and clean your automatic ice makers and water chillers.
- Drain and refill your hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Service connections with a water softener/cartridge filters should be run through a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the manufacturer.
New Jersey American Water in a statement said the advisory was issued after a loss of water pressure from a 36-inch water main.
The utility said it is a “standard precaution” issued whenever there is a loss of pressure.
The company in a similar post on its Facebook page noted that water in Shewsbury in not affected and blamed a mistake in the alert for including the town.
Water is being distributed to customers door-to-door by NJAW according to Eschbach and is mainly for customers who have no water. “We’ve got a tractor trailer coming in loaded with 19 pallets coming in this afternoon,” Eschback said.
In their statement New Jersey American Water recommended other steps customers should take:
- Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water during the day of the advisory;
- Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;
- Rinse hand-washed dishes for a minute in diluted bleach (one tablespoon of household bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in a dishwasher using the hot wash cycle and dry cycle.
- Do not swallow water while you are showering or bathing;
- Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;
- Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms;
- Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.