OEM, freeholders declare ‘state of emergency’

All Monmouth County residents to follow mandatory water restrictions

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TINTON FALLS, NJ – The Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, in consultation with the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, declared a countywide state of emergency following a water main break at the Swimming River Reservoir Friday afternoon. All county residents have been directed to follow water restrictions.

Eighteen towns serviced by New Jersey American Water Co. have been directly affected. Three large water mains broke Friday afternoon, causing a reduction or total loss of water pressure or supply.

All county residents are directed to discontinue nonessential outdoor water use and limit indoor use. New Jersey American Water Company customers are urged to follow a “boil-water advisory.”

“All of Monmouth County is in a state of emergency because New Jersey American Water Co. may have to feed off other utilities throughout the weekend,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said. “We need to pull together during this critical time and help one another by conserving water.”

“The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office is working closely with local law enforcement agencies to ensure that an outdoor water ban will be strictly enforced,” Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden said. “These restrictions are not just for New Jersey American Water customers, but for everyone in Monmouth County. Cooperation is necessary in order to maintain public safety.”

The mandatory restrictions for all Monmouth County residents include the following:

  • No watering of existing lawns, trees, shrubs and gardens;
  • No use of water for nonessential reasons, and
  • Washing cars is prohibited except at commercial car washes that recycle water.

Towns directly affected by this crisis include Middletown, Holmdel, Aberdeen, Highlands, Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, Shrewsbury, Long Branch, Eatontown, West Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbor and Neptune.

New Jersey American Water recommends the following steps for these customers:

•         Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water during the day of the advisory;

•         Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking; 

•         Rinse hand-washed dishes for a minute in diluted bleach (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 swallow water while you are showering or bathing;

•         Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;

•         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, and

•         Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.

Posted: June 29th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, New Jersey American Water, NJAWC, Press Release | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

One Comment on “OEM, freeholders declare ‘state of emergency’”

  1. AW's fault said at 11:35 am on June 30th, 2012:

    American Water is at fault. Just look at the wooden support construction to hold all that weight! What rocket scientist approved that?
    AW never fixed the destruction from Irene.
    They just left in a mess and dangerous. No surprise it collapsed ! Thank God the people that fish off the bridge were not hurt.