NJ American Water bans outdoor use, continues to restore normal service after Hurricane Irene
As New Jersey American Water continues to make progress in restoring water service for communities in Essex and Union counties impacted in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene, the company is requiring customers in West Orange, Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Irvington, Springfield and Summit to use water only for essential needs. A boil water advisory remains in effect for these New Jersey towns.
The company urges customers to cease any outdoor water use, including car washing and lawn watering, while they conserve water indoors as well.
"We are making progress in restoring water service to our customers; however, a sudden increase in water usage may put such a demand on the system that it could further delay getting our distribution system back to full strength," said Steve Tambini, New Jersey American Water's vice president of operations. "Our customers have been very patient as we work to fully restore their water service, and we ask that they continue to cooperate with us and exercise all conservation measures until we are able to return to normal water use."
New Jersey American Water estimates that customers without water or who have low water pressure will see a gradual return to normal service over the next 10 days. The company estimates that its Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Millburn, N.J. will continue to recover from severe flooding and loss of power from Hurricane Irene beginning late this week, and the plant is expected to be fully operational within two weeks.
For updated information, customers can visit New Jersey American Water's website at www.newjerseyamwater.com.