ROSELAND, NJ — The advisory to boil water that was issued Tuesday for portions of the borough remained in effect on Wednesday and probably will not be lifted untl sometime Thursday, according to the Department of Public Works.
A water main break occurred at 141 Passaic Ave. on Tuesday which caused some customers to be without water or to experience a significant loss of pressure. As a precaution, the borough implemented a limited Boil Water Advisory until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory.
Until further notice, customers within the impacted service area — Passaic Avenue, between Pitcairn and Pitcairn — have been instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking; preparing foods; mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks; washing vegetables and fruit; cooking; making ice; brushing teeth; and washing dishes until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
The following measures are also recommended:
• Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes made with tap water during the day of the advisory;
• Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;
• Do not swallow water while showering or bathing;
• Rinse hand-washed dishes with a diluted bleach solution (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 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;
• Provide pets with drinking water that has been boiled (and cooled).
Chris Critchett, the assistant superintendent for Public Works in Roseland, said that the department hoped that normal water service would be restored by Thursday afternoon. Until further notice, residents in the affected area should continue to boil water or use bottled water. This advisory will remain in effect until repairs are completed and testing shows the water quality to be safe.