Water Main Break in NJ Causes Water Loss to 6 Towns

Wednesday, Jul 13, 2011  |  Updated 5:55 PM EDT
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A water main break in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Wednesday afternoon has prompted an urgent water conservation request in Fort Lee, Palisades Park, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Tenafly and Leonia.

A water main break in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., Wednesday afternoon has prompted an urgent water conservation request in Fort Lee, Palisades Park, Englewood, Englewood Cliffs, Tenafly and Leonia.

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Authorities in New Jersey say a water main break has shut down part of Route 9W and is causing five communities to suffer from loss of water.

Englewood Cliffs police say the 30-inch main broke near Route 9W and Hollywood Avenue in Englewood Cliffs. Route 9W is closed between Palisades Avenue and Sage Road.

Englewood Cliffs, Fort Lee, Palisades Park, Englewood, Leonia and Tenafly are reporting water loss.

Residents in Englewood, east of Grand Avenue and Engle Street, in Tenafly east of Engle Street, and in all of Englewood Cliffs, are being told to boil their water until further notice.

That means boiling for one minute for drinking, baking, cooking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula and all other consumption. It does not have to be boiled for bathing or washing clothes and dishes.

United Water New Jersey is asking customers in the affected areas to only use water for essential purposes.

“The water storage tank that supplies these towns is draining rapidly,” said Jim Glozzy, general manager of United Water New Jersey. “It is essential that customers in these communities use water for only their basic needs until the repairs are completed.”

Glozzy said that would likely be Thursday morning.


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