Boil water alert after NJ main break

April 13, 2009 10:16:13 PM PDT
A large water main break flooded streets in Ridgefield, New Jersey, leaving tens of thousands with little or no water pressure. The 36-inch water main broke under a house at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue and Chestnut Street at around 5:45 a.m. Monday morning.

It sent torrents of water flooding nearby streets.

United Water received calls from customers in Ridgefield, Palisades Park and Fairview.

Officials say tens of thousands of those residents had little or no water pressure. The company also issued a boil water advisory for all of Ridgefield.

Customers were advised to boil their water for one minute for the following uses: drinking, cooking, baking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets or other consumption.

Emergency crews were working to fix the broken main.

United Water planned to work through the night to repair the water main. They were hoping it would be done by Tuesday morning.

Water had been restored to all affected homes by Monday night, but the boil water advisory remained in place for Ridgefield residents.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Lakisha Bostick


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