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 . 

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,

“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.



Christina Johnson (Editor) June 30, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Holmdel is still in the affected area and must continue to boil water, said a county spokesman at 11:45 a.m Saturday. Bayshore Hospital has been cleared and does not have to boil water.
Nick R. June 30, 2012 at 04:04 PM
story says updated 12:12 am yet its only 12:03. Good job guys.
Maureen Funcheon June 30, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Checked the Shorelands Water comapany website and it states that their customers do not have to boil water.
Jacklyn Corley (Editor) June 30, 2012 at 04:13 PM
Hi Nick, The time stamp for when the story was published was 12:12 a.m.. Information was added to the story after 10:30 a.m. Best, Jackie
Dawn June 30, 2012 at 04:31 PM
um, Nick, that is 12:03 PM now. Maybe keep the snide comments in check?
Dentss Dunnagun June 30, 2012 at 05:00 PM
is it safe to run the washing machine ,and dish washer ?...could it ruin the machines ?
Dan S. June 30, 2012 at 05:01 PM
@Maureen -- I don't see anything at all mentioned about the water main break on their website. Please provide the exact URL. Thanks.
Jacklyn Corley (Editor) June 30, 2012 at 05:25 PM
Hi Dan - here is the Shorelands Water website: http://www.shorelandswater.com/. Shorelands delivers water to Hazlet and northern Holmdel.
Lisa Maturi June 30, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Just received email from Middletown with boil water advisory update & Middletown was not on it, anyone know if I still need to boil water? I'm in north Middletown
7ts June 30, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Lisa - they are giving conflicting reports everywhere. Go on facebook for new jersey american water and they have been posting updates. I went to Middletown North this morning for water and they said the restrictions had been lifted. But they weren't! My water here in Belford is brownish colored right now so I say boil it first.
steve h June 30, 2012 at 06:16 PM
It is important to realize that as other water suppliers come to the rescue of NJ American to supplement water quantities to NJ American, other purveyors' water quantities to their regular customers will inevitably be depleted.Therefore all Monmouth County residents dependent upon water utilities that do not have their own private wells are at risk and should seriously consider restricting their own water use.It is interesting also to note that the May 17, 2012 Holmdel Township Committee meeting, The Mayor reversed his prior documented position NOT to expand sewer service areas. The Mayor said he had spoken to the water company (Swimming River Reservoir's holding company, NJ American) and concluded that septics were bad for the watershed and water supply. The Mayor's neighborhood has individual private wells. The Mayor and his neighbors have water during this County wide emergency. Wonder if the Mayor that proclaimed he wanted city water at the May 17, 2012, PUBLIC Hearing on the Redevelopment Plan is now glad that he has well water?
Janet Hubbs June 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Not that bacteria in the water supply is anything to sniff at, but thank goodness it was not a tsunami, terror attack, or nuclear incident given the level of communications on this issue. Not only does this episode indicate the need for a more rigorous inspection of our water supply apparatus, it also screams for a review of our emergency communications system! Janet
steve h June 30, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Those with at least an 8th grade education know, draining a kitchen sink empties the basin leaving the sink bone dry. It is the same for a watershed (basin) that's water resources are robbed of replenishment by pumping water via sewers out of the watershed and to the ocean. The recharge from properly from operating septics areas are integral water sources to the County's water supply. The infrastructure that comes with sewered higher density development increases impervious coverage, hinders water replacement and increases purification costs for polluted runoff destined to the County's water supply, the Swimming River Reservoir.
steve h June 30, 2012 at 06:28 PM
I find it difficult to comprehend the Holmdel Mayor and Holmdel Township Committee, having a higher than 8th grade education, could be so naive as to accept the claims of a self-serving private for profit company regarding the safety and quantity of the public's water supply. As evidenced by the current countywide emergency, NJ American is reactive not proactive in needed repairs and safety for the County's water supply. As proof positive, NJ American is interested in their stock holders and profit margins far and away above the concerns for purity and quantity of the public's water supply. Water restrictions, allocations and increased purification costs will be the burden of the consumer. Holmdel's voting majority are insuring that this will always be the case for not only Holmdel but as well the entire county.
steve h June 30, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Foolish, foolish elected officials, all this needless risk to public water supplies, just for the ill conceived short term ratable chase of generating self-perceived tax relief. They think that they can fool some of the people all of the time just to get re-elected and enhance their political resumes.
bill wolfe June 30, 2012 at 08:23 PM
If readers would like to understand the context and expire solutions, please see: Monmouth Water Emergency Illustrates Climate Change Risks and Reveals Deficits in NJ’s Adaptation Planning http://www.wolfenotes.com/2012/06/monmouth-water-emergency-illustrates-effects-and-deficits-in-climate-change-response/
Debbie Long July 01, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Feel bad for you guys - you pay high taxes and seem to get little services for that - nyc has water main breaks all the time and they are repaired very timely - July 4th is a ridiculous amount of time for this - the break happened on Friday at noon - can't believe it could take that long - paper says this was damaged last year with Hurrican Irene - why was the damage not repaired sooner????
AJ July 01, 2012 at 03:04 AM
@Debbie- you are so right! I used to live in the city, and a watermain break was never that big a deal. Here, it's like the keystone cops are in charge.
bill wolfe July 01, 2012 at 12:06 PM
Debbie - this explains why repair was not made soon. Basically, NJ has huge infrastructure financing deficits, does not require private companies to maintain infrastructure, promotes privatization, and no climate change adaptation plan, see this for links: Monmouth Water Emergency Illustrates Climate Change Risks and Reveals Deficits in NJ’s Adaptation Planning http://www.wolfenotes.com/2012/06/monmouth-water-emergency-illustrates-effects-and-deficits-in-climate-change-response/
Jeff Gollin July 01, 2012 at 02:47 PM
Christina - Shorelands and Holmdel sent out reverse 911 robo calls Saturday PM lifting the boiling advisory for Shoreland's Holmdel customers. This advisory concerning Holmdel customers is also posted on Shoreland's website.
Michele Devanny July 01, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Why is there only 3 towns that get to hand out water? It is too far for me to drive to get water, so I have to pay for water or waste my time and gas to drive and get it. We should get a discount on our bill for the money we have spent on water. The Water company should be responsible for giving out water to Every town effected.
Dee July 02, 2012 at 05:02 AM
Michelle, I could not have said it better!! Middletown? Ocean? for 1 case of water....come on really! Monmouth County, what a piece of work! No prob, NJ American....we will drive 10 miles for that case of water, if you can get our fat Azz governor to fix the problem in 2 days not 6!! He has his own reserve of water, thats why he could care less if anyone else has it, or what great length you have to undergo to get it!!
Anthony T. July 02, 2012 at 11:38 AM
It's not only the governor! I've found of late the prevalent attitude is "It doesn't effect me personally, so I'll get around to it whenever." There should have been more distribution sites, strategically placed so that a drive was no more than ten minutes. OR, if by verifying ID, one made the trip from the outlying areas, they should have been allowed two or three cases. Like I said above, I went to Middletown for water, tired from work and not realizing what a hassle it was. And there was a line of course. Between the gas and wear on the car (I love our roads!), I could have bought 3 or 4 cases. Any way you cut it, those who are affected lose, the "donators" of the water will make it up (write-offs, higher prices), and NJAW will go about business as usual.
Anthony T. July 02, 2012 at 11:42 AM
Speaking of water main breaks... I left for work this morning, and saw So. Atlantic Ave in Aberdeen was flooded and cops closed off the road... I'm guessing a break? We're starting off the summer reallllllllllll good.


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