Boil water advisory remains in effect

August 29, 2011 11:46:04 AM PDT
Boil water advisories remain in effect for parts of northern New Jersey.

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 (, and on its Facebook page (

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.

For updated information, customers can visit Jersey American Water's website at, under the Alerts Notifications section.

Here are some tips regarding Water Safety during and after and emergency event:

  • Boiling water will kill most types of disease-causing organisms that may be present. Boil the water for one minute, let it cool, and store it in clean containers with covers.

  • If you can't boil water, you can disinfect it using household bleach. Bleach will kill some, but not all, types of disease-causing organisms that may be in the water.

  • If water is cloudy, filter it through clean cloths or allow it to settle, and draw off the clear water for disinfection.

  • Add 1/8 teaspoon (or 8 drops) of regular, unscented, liquid household bleach per each gallon of water. Stir it well and let it stand for at least 30 minutes before you use it.

  • Store disinfected water in clean containers with covers.

  • If you have a well that has been flooded, the water should be tested and disinfected after flood waters recede. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice.

    For more information on water safety visit the following sites: or