WASHINGTON, NJ (Warren County) — NJ American Water issued an alert Wednesday night advising approximately 1,080 residents of Washington Borough and Washington Township (Warren County) located east of State Route 31 and the Meadows at Mansfield neighborhood in Mansfield Township to boil their tap water before use.
Since they detected the drop in chlorine level at the Washington distribution system, American Water said that Chlorine levels have now returned to normal and their “water quality team is conducting the required sampling in the local distribution system.”
Residents reported on Facebook receiving the alert via e-mail and telephone Wednesday night. The company said on its website that the advisory to boil water is a precautionary measure due to lower than standard chlorine levels recorded earlier in the day. The alert stresses, however, that they do not have any evidence of a contamination.
Until further notice, the company advised residents to bring water to a rolling boil for no less than one minute before use.
For other water uses, they issued the following advice:
- “Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water during the day of the 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 from microorganisms;
- Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.”
Residents with question can reach the company’s emergency line at 1-800-272-1325.
Read the full advisory on their website here.