Update: County Revises Boil Water Advisory But Keeps Restrictions on Water Usage
Boil advisory lifted for Hazlet, Matawan, Red Bank, and some shore towns; Monmouth Beach, Shrewsbury and Ocean townships specifically added.
Monmouth County officials revised the boil water advisory for residents, businesses and health care centers on Saturday morning around 10:30 a.m.
Towns directly affected by this crisis that are still under the boil-water advisory are Middletown, Holmdel, Aberdeen, Highlands, Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, Shrewsbury, Long Branch, Eatontown, West Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbor and Neptune. Monmouth Beach and Shrewsbury and Ocean townships were added this morning.
Late Friday night, the county issued a press release that said all Monmouth County towns were under the boil water advisory. On Saturday morning, officials issued the list of just 22 towns that are directly affected.
An outdoor ban remains in place for all Monmouth County residents and businesses, who are being warned to switch off their automatic sprinklers, forgo filling the kiddie pool and sacrifice flushing toilets a little less often until New Jersey American Water crews can restore full service after a water main break Friday.
Hotels, restaurants and bars are being told to boil water for at least one minute and cool it down before use.
As of Friday evening, the county had received reports of 200 Lincroft households and 100 Holmdel households without water, but there could me more, said county spokesman William Heine.
Water distribution sites will be giving out bottled water from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at:
- Middletown High School North, 63 Tindall Rd., Middletown
- Middletown High School South, 900 Nut Swamp Rd., Middletown
- Wolf Hill Park, 3 Crescent Place, Oceanport
The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, in concert with the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, declared a countywide state of emergency Friday afternoon.
“The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with local law enforcement agencies to ensure that an outdoor water ban will be strictly enforced,” Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “These restrictions are not just for New Jersey American Water customers, but for everyone in Monmouth County. Cooperation is necessary to ensure public safety and it will be enforced.”
Additionally, New Jersey American Water Co. recommends taking the following steps:
- Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water during the day of the advisory;
- Water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute then cooled prior to using;
- Keep water that has been boiled in the refrigerator for drinking;
- Rinse hand-washed dishes for a minute in diluted bleach (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 swallow water while you are showering or bathing;
- Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;
- 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, and
- Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.