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October 7, 2022 10:37 AM

Water Emergency Update 10722

Emergency Notification
Township of Bloomfield Water Department
October 7, 2022

The Township just completed a call with NJDEP along with seven municipalities and three water utilities. This is an unprecedented water emergency involving a seventy-two-inch aqueduct controlled by the North Jersey District Water Commission, and a forty-eight and forty-two-inch aqueduct controlled by Newark Water Supply.

This unprecedented event has affected three counties and over three hundred thousand residents in several municipalities. We are in contact and coordination with all affected municipalities and agencies.

Initially, this was supposed to be a six-hour repair in which the township tapped into our backup lines with Passaic Valley Water Commission and North Jersey Water Supply. We will be tapping into the North Jersey Water supply and Passaic Valley water Commission today to be able to increase water pressure to certain parts of the township.

Unfortunately, repairs of this magnitude are taking a lot longer than anticipated and we hope to have more answers by this evening about when the completion repairs of these three aqueducts.

If any residents are experiencing a full loss of water, please notify the Bloomfield Engineering Department at 973-680-4009. If lines are busy, please leave a message with your phone number and location and someone will return your call. You can also send an e-mail to engineering@bloomfieldtwpnj.com.

As a precaution, a boil water advisory remains in effect for the entire township, even if you are not experiencing low pressure. Bloomfield Water customers are instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using, 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.

Boiling water is required even if your residence or business does not experience low pressure and should continue after pressures return to normal until further notice.

Further updates will be provided as the repairs continue.

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