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Following a loss of water pressure from a main transmission leak along Possumtown Road in Piscataway, NJ, New Jersey, American Water has issued a mandatory boil water advisory to city customers following:
- Green stream
- Lime tree
- Plainfield South
There is currently a potential or actual threat to the quality of water supplied in the above areas. As a precautionary measure, we will implement a limited boil water advisory until the water supply tests are deemed satisfactory. New Jersey American Water will provide information on when the advisory will be lifted.
From now and until further notice, customers in the affected area, listed above, should bring tap water to a boil for one minute and allow it to cool before using or using any bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking; prepare food; mix formula, food, juice or drink; wash vegetables and fruits; cooking; make ice cream; brushing teeth; and do the dishes until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
New Jersey American Water also recommends the following steps:
- Throw away any uncooked food or drink or ice cubes if they are made with tap water during the warning day.
- Store boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking.
- Do not swallow water while showering or bathing.
- Do not use household filtering devices instead of boiling or using bottled water, most household water filters will not provide adequate protection against microorganisms.
- Use only water that has been boiled (and cooled) to treat minor injuries.
- Rinse hand washed dishes with a diluted bleach solution (one tablespoon of bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in the dishwasher using the hot wash cycle and the drying cycle.
- When boiling potable water, it is suggested to keep 2-3 gallons of boiled (and cooled) water in the refrigerator in one gallon containers for cooking, drinking, etc. Water can be stored in this way for 2-3 days.
- Animals should be given potable water that has been boiled (and cooled) as described above.
Affected customers are notified of this boil water advisory through the company’s emergency notification system.
In addition, they are also being asked to limit their water use to essential purposes only while New Jersey American Water works to repair the main and restore water flow to its system.
New Jersey American Water is working to resolve the issue as quickly and safely as possible. Please continue to boil your water or use bottled water until the company issues a follow-up communication when the warning is lifted. If customers have any questions, please contact: 1-800-272-1325.