There was a construction mishap in Jersey City, which has resulted in a ruptured water main. This little snafu has caused widespread low water pressure (or no water at all) in Hoboken. Hey, look on the bright side - at least we still have electricity! Below is the official statement from United Water.
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UNITED WATER ISSUES BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR HOBOKEN AND NEWPORT SECTION OF JERSEY CITY
Contractor breaks 36-inch water main in Jersey City
JERSEY CITY, NJ, 7/14/2007 5:58:26 PM – United Water Jersey City has issued a boil water advisory to residents of the City of Hoboken and a 20-by-10-block area known as the Newport Section of Jersey City as a result of a 36-inch main break on Coles Street in Jersey City. A contractor working in the area mistakenly hit the main causing widespread low water pressure and, in some areas, no water pressure throughout the City of Hoboken and northern Jersey City. The boil water advisory is in effect until further notice.
Residents in the Newport Section of Jersey City that must boil their water live near the waterfront. That area is defined as south of 18th Street and north of the Morris Canal; and west of Jersey Avenue to the Hudson River on the east. Water should be boiled for one minute for the follwoing: drinking, cooking, or baking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula or food, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets, and all other consumption. Water does not have to be boiled for the following activities: showering, washing dishes or clothes.
The break today was first reported about 2:30 p.m. this afternoon and United Water emergency crews have isolated the break and are working to restore normal water pressure to the affected area. The boil water was issued because low water pressure creates the potential for bacterial contamination and officials are advising customers to boil their water for one minute before using it for drinking or cooking.
United Water emergency crews will work through this evening to restore normal service to the affected area. The crews will also begin collecting water samples as soon as possible to monitor the safety of the water.