Hoboken residents get no reprieve from boil water advisory due to new main break


Hoboken residents received no reprieve from from a boil water advisory due to a new water main break on 11th and Madison Streets, just 24 hours after a massive break on the Kearny-Jersey City border impacted both Hudson County cities.

“A water main break has been reported at 11th/Madison. Residents may experience a decrease in water pressure,” the City of Hoboken tweeted around 5 p.m.

“@SUEZwaterNJ is en route to respond to the break. Residents should avoid the area. As a reminder a boil water advisory still in effect from yesterday’s main break in JC.”

Yesterday 36-inch main break occurred as part of a state project to build a new abutment for the Route 7/Wittpenn Bridge, leaving most of Jersey City, and parts of Hoboken, without water for hours on end – along with a boil water advisory being issued.

Suez spokeswoman Ghilianie Soto told HCV that the agency has “dispatched crews to the site to assess and make emergency repairs to the break” and no further updates were immediately available.

Around 6 p.m., the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments, PSEG, and Suez had all arrived on the scene to assess the damage.

This evening, Mayor Ravi Bhalla said that city officials are under the impression that yesterday’s water main break led to today’s incident in Hoboken.

“Based on observations of previous water main breaks in neighboring Jersey City, our Office of Emergency Management believes that yesterday’s Jersey City water main break likely was a contributing factor to today’s break in Hoboken, which caused lower water pressure throughout the Hoboken system,” he said in a statement Wednesday evening.


Editor’s note: This story was updated with a statement from Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla.

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