New Jersey American Water Issues Mandatory Outdoor Conservation Ban for Hunterdon and Somerset County Customers During Repairs to 36-Inch Water Main

Company is Making Repairs Diligently; Customers in Four Towns are Boiling Water Due to Loss of Pressure Caused by Main Break

CAMDEN, N.J. – JUNE 30, 2023 – New Jersey American Water is issuing a mandatory outdoor conservation ban for residential customers in Hunterdon and Somerset County over the next 48 hours while the company repairs a 36-inch water main break on Rt. 206 in Somerville. The main break occurred on Friday afternoon, causing a loss of pressure to several towns, resulting in a mandatory boil water advisory for customers residing in Bridgewater, Hillsborough, Raritan Borough and Somerville.

“We are issuing this mandatory outdoor conservation ban to help us preserve our water supplies while we work to fix this very large diameter main,” said Carmen Tierno, Senior Director of Central Operations for New Jersey American Water. “We appreciate our customers cooperation and patience as our crews work diligently to restore regular water service to the area.”

Residential customers in Hunterdon and Somerset County should refrain from outdoor irrigation and other nonessential outdoor water use, such as washing cars and topping off swimming pools. Customers are being notified of this outdoor conservation notice via the company’s emergency notification system. New Jersey American Water is working to resolve the issue as quickly and safely as possible. Updates as they occur will be made available on the website at, under Alerts, and on the company’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

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