“Boil Water” Advisory Remains In Effect For Some Union & Essex County Residents

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STATE — New Jersey American Water continues to advise its customers in West Orange, Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Irvington, Springfield and Summit to boil their water before use as a precautionary measure after flooding from Hurricane Irene inundated the company’s Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Millburn.

The boil water advisory has been in place since Sunday morning and will remain in effect for at least another 24 hours until the results of water samples indicate that the waters meets state and federal standards for drinking water.


The Raritan Millstone Water Treatment Plant in Bridgewater, the company’s largest, was completely surrounded by flood waters until this morning and was forced to use emergency power. The Canal Road Water Treatment Plant in Somerset was also forced to rely on emergency power. Fast moving and deep flood waters have hampered recovery efforts, according to a company statement.

Flood waters have subsided at New Jersey American Water’s Raritan Millstone plant, however the road is severely damaged and employees must walk in and out of the plant. (Photo credit: NJ American Water)

This is what the Raritan Millstone plant flood gate looked like on Sunday afternoon. (Photo credit: NJ American Water)

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