The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has lifted the boil water advisory for Hoboken after implementing the measure late Tuesday evening after a 16-inch water main break that occurred on Monday.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Water quality tests were taken on Wednesday, March 1, following the repair of the water main interconnection on Observer Highway and Madison Street that was damaged by contractors,” Veolia Water said in a statement minutes ago.
“The results of the tests were analyzed by a certified laboratory that confirmed that the water meets all United States Environmental Protection Agency and New Jersey DEP safe drinking water standards.”
Therefore, it is no longer necessary for customers to boil their water for cooking, drinking or other purposes, though it is recommended to flush water facuets for three to five minutes, empty and clean ice makers, as well as draining and refilling water reservoirs in tall buildings.
“We would like to thank all Hoboken residents and businesses for their patience during this extremely difficult time,” Veolia North America’s Municipal Water Contract Operations – Northeast President Kendra Morris said in a statement.
“We understand that a boil water advisory disrupts daily routines and there are inconveniences. We worked around the clock with the City of Hoboken over the past few days to repair the ruptured mains, while taking the necessary steps to verify the quality of the water with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection officials in the interest of public health.”
The boil water advisory was issued immediately upon obtaining information that water pressure within the mains had dipped below prescribed thresholds on Tuesday, February 28th, at some locations within the Hoboken water system.
The advisory came after a contractor for PSE&G hit a water main near the Hoboken and Jersey City border on Monday, leading to the Hoboken Office of Emergency Management issuing a statement of emergency.
That led to municipal offices and schools being closed on Tuesday and then later 17 locations with “water buffalos,” as well as 14 for porta johns, established by the mid-afternoon.
The situation became so dire that by about 4:20 p.m., the Hoboken University Medical Center announced that they were evacuating non-emergency patients to their other two CarePoint facilities – Christ Hospital in Jersey City and the Bayonne Medical Center – as well as the Jersey City Medical Center for pregnant patients.
The HUMC resumed normal operations yesterday afternoon.
The city had been offering water bottles and “water buffalos” and numerous locations since the incident occurred and they will now be decommissioned with the boil water advisory lifted, OEM stated.