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Boil Water Advisory Still in Effect for Holmdel's NJ American Water Users

But officials lift advisory for 18 other Monmouth County towns.

A "boil water advisory" has been lifted for 18 towns, but New Jersey American Water customers in Holmdel, Middletown, Aberdeen and Highlands remain under the advisory.

In a news release around 5 p.m. Sunday evening, New Jersey American Water, in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management said it has lifted the precautionary boil water advisory for 18 of the 22 municipalities in Monmouth County which had been under the advisory since a bridge holding three large water mains collapsed at the company’s Swimming River Water Treatment Plant last Friday. 

Until further notice, NJAW customers in the Holmdel, Middletown, Aberdeen and Highlands should continue to 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. NJAW said people should continue to boil water until notified that the water quality is acceptable. 

(Northern Holmdel and Hazlet residents, who are served by Shorelands Water, are not receiving water from NJAW and are not under a boil alert. But because Shorelands is aiding NJAW systems during the emergency, it is requesting users stop all outdoor use.)

The following towns only are no longer advised to boil water prior to consumption: 
• Allenhurst Borough
• Deal Borough
• Eatontown Borough
• Fair Haven Borough
• Lake Como Borough
• Little Silver Borough
• Loch Arbor Village
• Long Branch City
• Monmouth Beach Borough
• Neptune Township
• Ocean Township
• Oceanport Borough
• Rumson Borough
• Sea Bright Borough
• Shrewsbury Borough 
• Shrewsbury Township
• Tinton Falls Borough 
• West Long Branch Borough 

Outdoor water use ban continues
As part of Monmouth County’s declared Water Emergency, all New Jersey American Water customers in Monmouth County remain under an outdoor water use ban. “Water pressure in the system is stabilizing right now, so it is critical that everyone stop all outdoor water use including watering lawns, shrubs or gardens, filling swimming pools, or washing cars,” said Stephen Schmitt, vice president of Operations, New Jersey American Water. “In fact, under the county’s declared water emergency, outdoor water use in Monmouth County is illegal right now, and for good reason.” Recognizing the important nature of the issue, Governor Christie, at his press conference yesterday, committed the support of local authorities to enforce the ban. 

“We’d like to thank our customers for their conservation efforts thus far, and the cooperation of state, local officials, and emergency management personnel as we work through these issues,” said Schmitt. 

For updates to the water crisis, see news coverage from Patch on the New Jersey American Water main break, New Jersey American Water's website, or NJAW's Facebook site. 

Eve July 02, 2012 at 01:17 PM
Nicole, Is it possible that some of these neighbors are away, and their sprinkler systems are set on a schedule? We were in this situation last week, were away for some time, learned about the water restrictions from a cell phone message, and could not do anything about our sprinkler schedule until we came back.
Nicole Magnotti July 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Eve, that's a very good point and I didn't think of that. While some of my neighbors may be gone, I know that a few are home....and it's likely just plain arrogance. And Mike, I'm sorry but I can't be a whistle blower, especially since I use my full name to post here. I'm sure the police notice the same things that I am seeing.
Mike Simpson July 02, 2012 at 02:57 PM
Holmdel Shorelands Water Customers... The "boil water advisory" does NOT apply to residents and businesses in Holmdel who are customers of Shorelands Water Company - it only applies to those Holmdel residents and businesses who are existing customers of New Jersey American Water Company.
Tom July 02, 2012 at 10:33 PM
I have a well and its hooked up to my sprinkler system and live in holmdel, can I still water my lawn ?
Mike Simpson July 02, 2012 at 11:06 PM
If your sprinklers draw from a well then yes. I might suggest that you make up a sign and put somewhere on the front of your property to that effect though!!

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