JERSEY CITY, NJ - The boil water advisory issued for residents and businesses in Jersey City has been lifted, according to SUEZ officials. The advisory was issued Friday morning, three days after E. coli bacteria was found in drinking water on Tuesday, and again in a sample taken on Wednesday.
The Saturday evening statement from SUEZ, reiterated a point made by the water utility in an email to TAPinto Jersey City earlier in the day, that the lag time between the first indication of the presence of the bacteria and announcement to the public was “standard practice.”
Calling the development “good news for the city,” Mayor Steven Fulop said that lifting of the advisory “doesn’t change the concern and disappointment we have of the way this was handled,” and offered additional information to what SUEZ reported.
The first test which showed the bacteria, Fulop said, came from testing locations around a water main site that had recently been replaced in the Heights near Christ Hospital. The subsequent test that triggered the eventual advisory was a follow up “several houses away” that had similar work done “in close proximity.”
“Our experts don’t believe this was a coincidence,” Fulop said, adding that it was “out of an abundance of caution” that he chose to issue the advisory for the entire city, not just the immediate area.
“We still have more work to do on my side and we won’t stop until we feel all questions have been answered,” Fulop concluded, reiterating a commitment he offered earlier in the day.
“We would like to thank all Jersey City residents and businesses for their patience during this difficult time,” stated Xavier Castro, President of SUEZ Environmental Services. “We understand that a boil water advisory disrupts daily routines. We apologize for the inconvenience while we were working to confirm the quality of the water.”
According to SUEZ the following steps should still be taken:
- Run water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush the service connection and interior plumbing
- Empty and clean automatic ice makers and water chillers
- Drain and refill hot water heaters if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit
- Run water softener/cartridge filters through a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the product manufacturer
- Drain and refill water reservoirs in tall buildings (as applicable)
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