Date: August 04, 2021

Mandatory Boil Water Advisory LIFTED for 9 Towns in Middlesex, Somerset and Union Counties

AUGUST 4, 2021 at 8:30p.m. – New Jersey American Water has LIFTED the mandatory boil water advisory that was issued Monday to customers in the following towns:

  • Clark
  • Dunellen
  • Edison
  • Green Brook
  • Linden
  • Middlesex
  • Piscataway
  • Roselle
  • South Plainfield

Analytical results from bacteriological samples taken from the water system met all state and federal water quality standards from samples collected on Tuesday, August 3rd. The advisory was issued on Monday, August 2 as a precautionary measure due to a loss of pressure from a transmission main leak along Possumtown Road in Piscataway, N.J.

Customers no longer need to boil their water, but they should flush household pipes, ice makers, water fountains, etc. prior to using for drinking or cooking using these guidelines:

  • Run all cold-water faucets in your home for 3-5 minutes at one time at the highest flow rate that you can without causing splashing or flooding of drains to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the water service main.
  • To flush automatic ice makers, make three batches of ice and discard.
  • Run water softeners/cartridge filters through a regeneration cycle. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines specified in the owner’s manual.
  • Run drinking water fountains for one minute at the highest flow rate possible.
  • Drain and refill your hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled (as applicable).

Additionally, as the system has fully recovered from the issue, customers in these communities and surrounding towns no longer need to conserve their non-essential water use and may resume using water as usual. New Jersey American Water thanks its customers for their patience and cooperation while crews worked quickly and safely to restore service to customers.

Because the Boil Water Advisory has been lifted, the bottled water distribution locations will not be open on Thursday, August 5, 2021.

If customers have any questions, please call 800-272-1325. PWSID: NJ2004002.