TRENTON – Assemblywoman Linda Stender announced last week that she plans to introduce legislation requiring water companies too notify their customers in the event of a water advisory.
“During the storm [on March 13-14], many parts of our state experienced severe flooding which contaminated some of our water treatment plants. This in turn, compromised our drinking water, forcing residents to have to boil their water as a precautionary measure.” said Stender.
Residents were never notified directly that there was an issue,” said Stender. “My concern is that the customers of these water companies did not know they were under a boil water notice. On [March 14] there was a small story posted online, but unless residents were actively looking, there would be no way of knowing they were consuming possibly tainted water.”
“In this day and age, with all of the technological tools available, it is inexcusable that the only way a household would know that there is a problem with their drinking water, is if they read about it online.” said Stender.
This legislation would require a water company to notify its customers via home phone, cell phone, text messaging or email.
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