Major water main breaks in NJ

November 18, 2008 5:24:20 PM PST
A major water main break in New Jersey caused serious problems on Tuesday.A 60-inch main break occurred late Tuesday morning on Weston Canal Road in Franklin Township, disrupting water service to customers in parts of Middlesex, Union and Somerset counties.

Richard Barnes from New Jersey American Water said that the leak had been isolated Tuesday night. Customers should see increased water pressure over the next few hours, he said. The water boil advisory would remain in effect as a precaution as they test the water for any contaminants.

The boil water alert was issued for residents in the following municipalities in Middlesex, Somerset and Union counties:

Middlesex County:

  • Dunellen
  • Edison
  • Middlesex
  • Piscataway
  • South Plainfield

    Somerset County:

  • Bound Brook
  • Bridgewater
  • Green Brook
  • Hillsborough
  • Millstone
  • Montgomery
  • Raritan
  • Somerville
  • South Bound Brook

    Union County:

  • Clark
  • Linden
  • Plainfield City
  • Roselle Boro

    Information will be provided on New Jersey American Water's Web site at, under the Alerts Notifications section.

    Officials say this is a standard precaution that is taken whenever water pressure is lost due to a main break. There is no evidence of any contamination. New Jersey American will provide information as to when the advisory is lifted.

    The Department of Environmental Protection has determined that a potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided currently exists. Therefore until further notice, bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow to cool before using for consumption; drinking, ice cubes, washing vegetables and fruit, and for brushing teeth. Please continue to boil your water until you are notified that the water quality is acceptable.

    New Jersey American also recommends the following steps:

  • 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.

    If customers have any questions, they may call 1-800-272-1325.

    The Hillsborough and Montgomery school districts have said that they will be open on Wednesday. They are asking parents to send their children to school with bottles of water. Other districts are listed below, along with their web sites.

  • Somerville

  • Dunellen

  • Piscataway

  • Hillsborough

  • Montgomery

  • Franklin

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