The boil water advisory was lifted in West Orange Friday afternoon, according to New Jersey American Water. Residents can safely drink running water without having to boil it, officials said.
"It has certainly been a very challenging week for our customers who remained patient for their water service to be restored," John Bigelow, president of New Jersey American Water, said in a statement. "We thank them for their understanding and cooperation as we worked and continue to make progress in bringing our water treatment and distribution system back to full strength."
NJAW officials are still urging residents to conserve water and abstain from outdoor water use.
"While the situation has seemingly returned to normal, it is important to remember that the Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant will not be back at full power for nearly 10 more days. So we again ask for our customers’ cooperation in suspending outdoor water use, and use all possible conservation measures indoors," Bigelow said.
Customers are strongly encouraged to take the following steps now that the boil water advisory is rescinded:
- Run your water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main.
- Empty and clean your automatic ice makers and water chillers.
- Drain and refill your hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Service connections with a water softener/cartridge filters should be run through a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the manufacturer.
- Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled.