UPDATE: Boil Water Advisory Lifted for Neighborhoods in Vicinity of Route 1, Route 18

UPDATE: The boil water advisory has been lifted for neighborhoods and businesses in the vicinity of Route 1 and Route 18. It is no longer necessary to bring tap water to a boil before consuming. 

The New Brunswick Water Utility is providing notification that a water main break occurred on Friday, September 23 on Route 1 in New Brunswick, which has caused some customers within the service area to be without water. A repair crew continues to work on the broken main and water service is projected to be restored to the area on Saturday afternoon.

As a precaution, the New Brunswick Water Utility is implementing a Boil Water Advisory for all addresses contained in the area of Raritan Crossing, Rutgers Village and Edgebrook.

Residents of Clifton Avenue and Raritan Gardens residents in buildings 100, 200 and 300 on Hoffman Avenue should also boil water until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory. Residents and businesses outside of this area are not affected by this advisory. A repair crew continues to work on the broken main and water service is expected to be restored to the area on Saturday afternoon.

What should I do? What does this mean?

Effective immediately and until further notice, customers within the impacted service area are instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking; preparing foods; mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks; washing vegetables and fruit; cooking; making ice; brushing teeth; and washing dishes until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.

If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant or elderly, you may be at an increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about this drinking water.

The following measures are also recommended:
· Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes made with tap water during the day of the advisory;
· Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;
· Do not swallow water while showering or bathing;
· Rinse hand-washed dishes with a diluted bleach solution (one tablespoon of household bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in a dishwasher using the hot wash cycle and dry cycle;
· Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms;
· Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries;
· Provide pets with drinking water that has been boiled (and cooled).

Please continue to boil your water or use bottled water until you are notified that the water quality is satisfactory. This advisory will remain in effect until repairs are completed and testing shows the water quality to be safe. We are working as quickly as possible to restore your water quality. Thank you for your patience. If affected customers have any questions regarding the boil water advisory, they are encouraged to call the New Brunswick Water Utility’s 24-hour emergency line at (732) 745-5103.

*Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses.) You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or by distributing copies by hand or mail.

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