The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Finance Center, in collaboration with the...
Customers along East Coast no longer need to boil tap water for use
Water companies along the East Coast continue to restore normal service to customers following disruptions caused by Hurricane Irene. New Jersey American Water lifted last weekend the boil water advisory for its customers in the townships of Millburn (including Short Hills), West Orange and Maplewood. The boil advisory was also lifted for those in Essex and Union Counties, the townships of Irvington, Springfield and the city of Summit. In addition, Aqua Virginia Inc. has lifted nearly all boil water advisories issued along the east side of the I-95 northeast corridor.
In New Jersey, boil water advisories went into effect when the company’s Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant flooded and lost power as a result of Hurricane Irene. Similarly in Virginia, power outages forced Aqua to issue advisories to local communities.
Those who remain on boil water advisories should boil tap water used for cooking or other purposes where water might be ingested, including drinking, brushing teeth or making ice. Customers in areas where advisories have been rescinded no longer have to boil water before consumption, as water quality test results show that the water meets all state and federal water quality standards. They are strongly encouraged to run their faucets for three to five minutes, empty and clean ice makers and water chillers, and drain and refill any water reservoirs.