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Hoboken Boil Water Advisory is Lifted — The Latest Updates 3/2

by Michele Danna
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A week of water woes has officially come to an end. As of Thursday, March 2nd, 2023, the City of Hoboken announced that the water main has been replaced, water has been restored to the town, and the boil water advisory has been lifted. Read on for more about what happened and for the latest updates.

Updates

In a Nixle alert on Thursday at 11:56AM, the City of Hoboken released the following:

“The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) haslifted the boil water advisory in Hoboken. Water quality samples were taken on Wednesday, March, 1, and tested shortly afterwards following the repair of the water main break on Observer Highway and Madison Street. The results of the tests were analyzed by a certified laboratory and confirmed by NJDEP that the water meets all safe drinking water standards.”

It is no longer necessary for customers to boil their water for cooking, drinking, or other purposes.

THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS LIFTED and it is no longer necessary to boil your water before using. The following measures are strongly encouraged at this time:

  • 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 (as applicable).

Veolia continues to flush fire hydrants to stabilize pressure within the water system as an added precaution. If you see water coming out of hydrants, be assured, this is intentional.”

They also gave the following instructions:

“Empty and clean automatic ice makers and water chillers. Drain and refill hot water heaters if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit. Run water softener/cartridge filters through a regeneration cycle or the procedures recommended by the product manufacturer. Run water faucets for 3 to 5 minutes to flush the service connection and interior plumbing. Replace other water filters, as they are disposable and may be contaminated. Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled, if applicable.”

What Happened

On Monday morning, March 27th, a water main break occurred on Observer Highway and Madison Street in Hoboken after private construction workers hit the main — closing a portion of the roads. This caused the City of Hoboken to declare a State of Emergency, forcing schools and businesses to close. Many residents + businesses throughout town were without water and a boil water advisory was put in place for the entire city of Hoboken.

According to the announcement released by the City of Hoboken on Monday morning, repairs were expected to continue overnight. Residents were to be prepared to have their service impacted overnight into early Tuesday morning and into the afternoon. All drivers were instructed to avoid downtown and enter and exit the city from northern routes.

As per the New Jersey Department of Health, all establishments, including all gyms, restaurants, bars, and hair and nail salons, without running water were instructed to close until water is restored.  All establishments with running water including supermarkets, pharmacies, and entities selling water were allowed to remain open.

The State of Emergency remained in place until water was restored and the order lifted by the Office of Emergency Management.

On Wednesday night, it was announced that the water main break has been fixed, and as of today, Thursday, March 2nd, 2023, the boil water advisory has been lifted.

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Per the city of Hoboken, The Office of Emergency Management and Veolia was supposed to make drinking water available at several locations starting at 4:30PM on Monday February 28th, but this had been delayed a few hours due to heavy traffic in the area. Residents were instructed to bring their own containers to fill.

The City of Hoboken also supplied Porta Johns for residents who were unable to use their toilets due to the water outage.

Veolia was conducting water testing and the boil water advisor remained in place until the testing was complete.

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