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Electricity is Back at Water Company, Spurring 'Cautious Optimism'

The boil water advisory is still in effect. Please read the company's notice below.


Latest update from Middlesex Water Company: 

Primary power was restored toMiddlesex Water Company’s intake at approximately 2:00 a.m. Water pressures can be expected to slowly increase over the next 8 hours assuming electric power can be sustained.

Tap water may initially appear cloudy, this is harmless and issimply the result of excess air in the water mains resulting from the initial loss of water pressure.

Middlesex Water customers in Carteret, Clark, Edison, Highland Park, Metuchen,the Melrose section of Sayreville, South Amboy, South Plainfield, and all sections of Woodbridge had been affected by the initial loss in pressure.

Customers are urged to continue to conserve water until further notice as previously directed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection.

“We appreciate the understanding and cooperation of our customers as the employees of Middlesex Water Company continue to work tirelessly to address the ongoing challenges associated with the widespread loss of electric power to our company posed by Hurricane Sandy,” said Dennis W. Doll, Middlesex WaterPresident and CEO.

Due to significant loss of system pressure, customers in the affected communities or sections of communities are advised to boil water before drinking.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection requires the following language to be included in any 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, washingvegetables and fruit, and for brushing teeth.

Please continue to boil your water until you are notified that the water quality is acceptable.

We also recommend the following steps as of the time of this advisory:
Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap watermade after the time of the issuance of this advisory;

  • Keep boiled water 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 frommicroorganisms;
  • Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.

Individuals with severely compromised immune systems, infants, or the elderlymay be at increased risk and should seek advice about drinking water from their health care providers. General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at (800)426-4791.

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly, for example people in apartments, nursing homes, schools and businesses. You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

Middlesex Water will be issuing updates, through media sources, municipal andhealth departments, the home page of its website at www.middlesexwater.com and through its Facebook and Twitter site. Customers seeking more information may call the company at 732-634-1500.

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JAS November 06, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Too late....already drank some this morning.....hope I don't develop an 11th finger! When were they going to let us customers know? I have never received any type of message from the Water Company or the Township of Woodbridge that there was even a problem. As a matter of fact, it happens every single time! If the Reverse 911 system in the Township is not designed to alert residents of these types of situations, then shouldn't the Water company have some type of phone message system? or door to door notices?
NeverMind November 06, 2012 at 01:23 PM
i live in wdbg twp and i received a reverse 911 and a honeywell alert last night around 8pm.
c. darling November 06, 2012 at 01:37 PM
I receive phone calls about any energy. I love it
c. darling November 06, 2012 at 01:39 PM
I receive phone calls all the time for important matters. I love it. Gives u a heads up
Ana November 06, 2012 at 01:50 PM
me too I received a called like freaking 10pm yesterday by then it was late in a way because 7pm yesterday it started with the whole hoopla!! so we are like neurotic constantly checking on their website and my husband gets Water Company notifications over the emails
WoodbridgeFoodie November 06, 2012 at 03:10 PM
I didn't get any phone call, but I got one about garbage pick up. I think this was much more important. Thank you to Woodbridge Patch and my Facebook friends for keeping me informed. Oh, and thanks to PSEG, because if not for power, I couldn't have access to Woodbridge Patch and Facebook.
hilllonardo@comcast.net November 06, 2012 at 04:42 PM
Check with your telephone providers or townhall. Woodbridge sent reverse 911 for both.
WoodbridgeFoodie November 06, 2012 at 05:49 PM
I got a call this morning. More than 12 hours after the fact, advising that power is restored and to continue boiling water for 48 hours. The reverse 911 system must have some bugs, never got a call last night. Again, thanks to Woodbridge Patch and Facebook for keeping us informed.

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