Westfield, Mountainside, Berkeley Heights, Scotch Plains, Fanwood, Union Cty, NJ Newspaper
WATER EMERGENCY UPDATE
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09/18/99 09:35:47 PM
Hurricane Floyd Has Knocked Out The Main Water Treatment Plant For The Area; We Face Prolonged Problems Before Repairs Can Be Implemented; Do Not Drink The Water Without Boiling For At Least Three Minutes; Conserve Use Of Water In All Respects; Current Supplies And Pressures Are Precariously Low - Public Will Be Notified Soon From Elizabethtown Water Company Soon Of All Procedures To Take and Other Impacts.

From: EWC (Elizabethtown Water Company, Westfield)

To: Horace Corbin, The Westfield Leader Newspaper: 9/18/99 Time: 6:50:52 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Erin Reilly Donna Gregory (908) 654-1234 (908) 482-4697 cell phone

ELIZABETH TOWN WATER COMPANY TO STOP WATER SERVICE TO LARGE BUSINESS USERS
WESTFIELD, NJ—September 18, 1999—Closure of its primary water treatment plant in Bridgewater due to flooding from Hurricane Floyd has forced Elizabethtown Water Company to ask its large commercial and industrial customers to stop using water. This extraordinary step is necessary because low pressure in the Company's mains jeopardizes fire service throughout its central New Jersey service territory. "We will be contacting our large customers over the next day to urge them to stop using water," said Andrew Chapman, president. "If necessary, we will use the power under the public utility statutes to shut these customers off," said Chapman.

Despite voluntary conservation efforts by customers, portions of several communities served by Elizabethtown are without water, and the pressure in the Company's mains has decreased to the point that fire protection is jeopardized. Eliminating the use by these large business and industrial users will help us to keep pressure in our mains, which is essential for us to have water to fight fires.

As a precautionary measure, we continue to advise our customers to boil their water for three minutes before drinking or cooking. Business users which provide essential public services, such as nursing homes, hospitals, and dormitories will not be affected. Elizabethtown Water Company serves 213,000 business and residential customers in 54 municipalities in Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union counties.

The Westfield Leader - PO Box 250, 50 Elm St., Westfield, NJ 07091, 908 232-4407; fax 908 232-0473
The Times - PO Box 368, 1906 Bartle Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076, 908 322-4155
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