Monmouth County Water Under State of Emergency in NJ After 3 Water Pipes Collapse

Monmouth County Water State of Emergency

The vicious storms that slammed into the North Eastern United States have wreacked havoc, left damage and up to 9 deaths. In addition to the emergencies created there New Jersey has been hit with a State of Emergency when their water supply to around 200,000 customers who couldn’t get normal service after wine line collapses.

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During the extreme storms hitting the Northeastern US the Swimming River Reservoir in Tinton Falls, NJ was completely shut down when a set of three water pipes collapsed. The Swimming River Reservoir supplies over 36 million gallons to residents in the New Jersey state and after the damage was entirely put out of service. The direct statement from American Water was, “New Jersey American Water is urging its customers in Monmouth County to discontinue all nonessential water use and outdoor water use after three water mains collapsed at the company’s Swimming River Water Treatment Plant in Tinton Falls.”

This led Monmouth County to declare a State of Emergency because the Moumouth County water was in a severe state of use. Anyone that was still getting water was ordered to boil it for one minute if they had to injest it. Any non-essential use of the county water was requested to stopped. The statement from the New Jersey American Water press release stated the following:

New Jersey American Water has determined that a potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided to you currently exists. Therefore until further notice, bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow to cool before using for consumption; drinking, ice cubes, washing vegetables and fruit, and for brushing teeth. Please continue to boil your water until you are notified that the water quality is acceptable. New Jersey American Water also recommends the following steps:

• 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

We have to add that many sources report 200,000 people effected but on the press relase of American Water they state, “The plant delivers 36 million gallons of water each day
to 55,000 customer accounts.” The stock price will be watched closely on American Water on Monday morning at (NYSE:AWK).

During a heatwave that is scorching the United States and New Jersey with 100 degrees or more in temperatures watering lawns and outside use of water was completely banned. All outdoor water being banned will be ongoing throughout the entire weekend in New Jersey. The statement from American Water on the outside bans was, “The company has also banned all outdoor water use, including watering lawns, shrubs or gardens, filling swimming pools or washing cars as work continues to stabilize water distribution from the plant.”

The list of 22 cities effected by the Monmouth County Water State of Emergency are as follows:

• Aberdeen
• Allenhurst
• Deal
• Eatontown
• Fair Haven
• Highlands
• Holmdel
• Lake Como
• Little Silver
• Loch Arbor
• Long Branch
• Middletown
• Monmouth Beach
• Neptune
• Oceanport
• Ocean Township
• Rumson
• Sea Bright
• Shrewsbury Borough and Township
• Tinton Falls
• West Long Branch

People on Facebook have come out and had their own things to say about the current water emergency in New Jersey. Mr. Les Loysen said on New Jersey America Water’s Facebook page, “Yes, water mains do break. But, New Jersey American knew they had a problem since last October and did not fix it. Now 200,000 residents of Monmouth County are suffering and their health may be in danger. Shame on them!”  Another customer Mr. Mike Casazza said, “Is there a service that will come to my house and add water to my pool. With this weather I am dangerously close to not being able to run my filter. I need to replace about 3 inches of water but with the restrictions I am not able to. Without the filter running the pool ceases to be a pool and becomes a hole in the ground. Who do I contact to send the bill when it becomes a hole in the ground?”

More comments going on the Facebook page talked about water bans being lifted and American Water responded. Ms. Kelly Fyfe said, “I am in Howell and an hour ago got the reverse 911 that the boiling water restriction for Howell has ended.” and American Water replied, “Yes, originally the County had issued a boil alert advisory for all of Monmouth but that was lifted and now only 22 towns are affected.”

The New Jersey American Water company did try to make things better for people by distributing water to residents. On their Facebook Wall they announced water stations for distribution:

We have water stations available from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the following locations:

Middletown High School North, 63 Tindall Road, Middletown Township

Middletown High School South, 900 Nut Swamp Road Middletown (also bring your own water jug to be filled at this location)

Wolf Hill Park, 3 Crescent Place, Oceanport

American Water Twitter Silent

Announcements on @amwater, American Water’s Twitter account were completely silent during all the emergencies. It seems a little odd that during a major water emergency like this that the Twitter account would be completely quiet, America Water’s social media skills has a ways to go, that’s for sure.

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