New Jersey American Water continues to advise its customers in West Orange, Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Irvington, Springfield and Summit to boil their water before use as a precautionary measure after flooding from Hurricane Irene inundated the company's Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Millburn, Essex County.
The boil water advisory has been in place since Sunday morning and will remain in effect for at least another 24 hours until the results of water samples indicate that the waters meets state and federal standards for drinking water.
New Jersey American Water will provide information customers as to when the advisory is lifted through its customer phone notification system, the news media, on the company's web site (www.newjerseyamwater.com), and on its Facebook page (www.facebook.com/newjerseyamericanwater).
The company is also working to restore water service to customers in West Orange, Millburn, Maplewood, Irvington, and Springfield, who have been out of water or experienced low pressures since Sunday afternoon. The Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Millburn Township was severely impacted by flood waters and loss of power resulting in impacts to service in these areas. New Jersey American Water cannot estimate when normal service will be restored, but crews are working around the clock to address the impacts related to this historic storm and flooding event.
Here are some tips regarding Water Safety during and after and emergency event:
For more information on water safety visit the following sites: http://nj.gov/health/er/natural.shtml or http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/earthquakes/food.asp