Crisis News May, 2001
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The Westfield Leader, May 10, 2001 - Elizabethtown Water Company Completes Repairs
Sources at the Elizabethtown Water Company in Westfield said yesterday that repairs to a water main break which ruptured April 30 near the companys primary water treatment plant in Bridgewater were completed this past Sunday. The pipe, which serves a multi-county region, was disinfected and tested on Monday and Tuesday. It was put back into service yesterday, according to Elizabethtown spokeswoman Erin Reilly. Customers will not notice any change in their water supply and do not have to take any special precautions, she said.
Andrew Chapman, President of..........
ELIZABETHTOWN WATER COMPANY LIFTS BOIL WATER ADVISORY
WESTFIELD - May 2, 2001 - Elizabethtown Water Company and its affiliates, the Edison and Liberty Water Companies announced that they have lifted the boil water advisory as of 7 p.m. tonight. "We are lifting the boil water advisory after receiving the results from our comprehensive sampling program, confirming that there are no bacteriological contaminants in the water that is being distributed through our mains," said Andrew Chapman, president. The lifting of the boil water advisory was done in consultation with and the approval of the Department of Environmental Protection's Bureau of Safe Drinking Water. However, Elizabethtown continues to urge its customers to conserve water. Maintenance personnel are on site at the Raritan-Millstone Plant continuing repairs to the main. Until the repairs are complete, our transmission system will not be at full capacity. Recommendations for customers following the lifting of the boil water advisory: Run cold water faucets for three minutes each, if it has not been used in the last twenty-four hours; For home automatic ice makers, make and discard the first three batches of ice; Drain and refill hot water heaters if the temperature is kept below 113 degrees, and has not been used in the last twenty-four hours; Run water coolers with direct water connections for five minutes; Run water softeners through a regeneration cycle, if it has not been used in the last twenty-four hours; Continuously run drinking fountains for three minutes. If you have any additional questions, call our customer service department at (800) 272-1325.
ELIZABETHTOWN WATER COMPANY REPORTS CONTINUED PROGRESS ON 60-INCH MAIN, BOIL WATER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT
WESTFIELD, NJ - May 1, 2001 - Elizabethtown Water Company reports continued progress restoring normal service to customers following a break late last night on a major transmission main leaving its primary water treatment plant in Bridgewater. However, all Elizabethtown customers, as well as those served by Liberty Water Company and Edison Water Company should continue to boil their water before drinking.
"We are pleased that our customers began seeing normal pressures and flows after we were able to close valves and isolate the damaged main early this morning," said Andrew Chapman, President of Elizabethtown Water Company. "While we still need to refill our storage tanks, we are optimistic that the situation will improve through the coming night," said Chapman.
The Company recommends, as a precautionary measure, that all customers served by Elizabethtown, Liberty, and Edison Water Companies boil their water before drinking or otherwise ingesting the water. This boil water advisory is standard practice after a major main break because low water pressures in the mains can allow contamination to enter the pipes. The Company has no evidence that the mains are contaminated.
The Company expects that the boil water advisory will remain in effect for several days while it runs tests to confirm that the water is fit for drinking. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection agrees with the Company's boil water advisory and will oversee the Company's water quality testing. The NJDEP's public notice language is shown below.
Elizabethtown continues to make progress repairing the damaged main. Repair crews have been on site since early morning pumping out the crater caused by the main break, which is in a remote, swampy area near the Raritan River. The area must be fully drained before the damage can be excavated and fully assessed. The repair will require several days to complete and the water in the damaged main must be fully flushed and chlorinated.
"The cooperation from the City of Newark and neighboring suppliers helped minimize customer disruption," said Chapman. "We further appreciate the dedication of our staff in leading our Company and our customers through this event." The NJDEP provides the following notice to customers related to the boil water advisory:
The Department of Environmental Protection has determined that a potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided to you currently exists. Therefore, until further notice, bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow to cool before using for consumption; drinking, ice cubes, washing vegetables and fruit, and for brushing teeth. Please continue to boil your water until you are notified that the water quality is acceptable.
The Company is assessing the situation in the field and will provide further information as it becomes available. Further updates will be posted on the website at www.etownwater.com.
MAIN BREAK CAUSES BOIL WATER ADVISORY AND
WESTFIELD, NJ - May 1, 2001 -
Late Monday night, April 30, Elizabethtown Water Company experienced a main break on a
major transmission main near its primary water treatment plant in Bridgewater. The break
also affects customers of Edison and Liberty water companies.
Elizabethtown Water Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Thames Water, provides retail water service in 54 municipalities in Burlington, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Ocean, Somerset, and Union counties. The following is a list of towns that are served in each one of these counties:
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