Newark, NJ lifts boil water advisory after huge water main break


NEWARK – Water quality tests show that boiling water is no longer necessary in Newark and Belleville, according to Mayor Ras Baraka.

On Tuesday, a 72-inch water main break in Branch Burg Park flooded roads and caused depression in Newark, Belleville and Bloomfield. After the break, Newark implemented a boil water advisory which was not lifted until Saturday night.

“The Department of Water and Sewer Services’ state-certified laboratory has conducted water testing at all relevant departments and confirmed that the water quality is found to be satisfactory and potable,” according to the Baraka’s office. Beautiful city issued a similar statement after its water was tested by the Department of Environmental Protection.

With boiling water no longer necessary, Newark “strongly” advises its residents to take the following steps:

  • Run the water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush the service connection and interior plumbing with water from the main line.
  • Empty and clean automatic ice makers and water coolers.
  • Drain and refill the water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Service connections with water softener/canister filters should be subjected to a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Water tanks in high-rise buildings should be drained and refilled (if applicable).

New Jersey 101.5 contacted the city for an update on another 30-inch water main break on 15th Avenue and 15th Street in the West End Thursday.

Rick Rickman is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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