Jun 14, 2012

New Jersey American Water Lifts Precautionary Boil Water Advisory

Customers in Bedminster, Chester Township, Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone, Pottersville and Tewksbury can resume normal water use

New Jersey American Water has rescinded its precautionary boil water advisory for its customers in sections of Bedminster, Chester Township, Far Hills, Peapack-Gladstone, Pottersville and Tewksbury. Customers no longer have to boil their water. Testing has concluded that the water meets or exceeds state and federal guidelines.

It is no longer necessary to boil your water before consumption; however, the following measures are strongly encouraged at this time:

  • Run your water faucets for 3 to 5 minutes to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main;
  • Empty and clean your automatic icemakers and water chillers;
  • Drain and refill your hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113°F;
  • Service connections with a water softener or cartridge filters should be run through a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the manufacturer; and
  • Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled.

The precautionary boil water alert was issued late Sunday after a broken water line shut down the company's Bedminster booster station, which maintains water pressure for the approximately 1,400 customers impacted. The advisory is a standard precaution issued whenever water pressure is lost.

Repairs to the booster station are nearing completion and the station should be fully operational this week. Customers no longer need to take extra water conservation measures and can resume normal water use.