NJ – Drinking Water Warning

NJ Public Notice – by Ridgewood Water

Our water system recently detected a fecal indicator, E. coli in a groundwater source sample in the low pressure zone, which includes portions of Ridgewood & Wyckoff and all of Glen Rock. As our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation. On April 4, 2017, we collected a sample from a raw groundwater source before any treatment. The sample tested positive for E. coli.

“It appears that it’s a highly unusual circumstance, something that hasn’t happened in the past,” said Ridgewood Mayor Susan Knudsen. “And I think before we speculate that there’s any cracked casings or anything, we really need to know and investigate what went on and where this came from.”

What should I do? What does this mean?

• DO NOT DRINK THE WATER WITHOUT BOILING IT FIRST. Bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water.   Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
*Fecal indicators are microbes whose presence indicates that the water may be contaminated with human or animal wastes. Microbes in these wastes can cause short-term health effects, such as diarrhea, cramps, nausea, headaches, or other symptoms.  They may pose a special health risk for infants, young children, some of the elderly, and people with severely compromised immune systems.*

For more information, please contact Ridgewood Water at 201-670-5520 or 131 North Maple Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ 07451.

Ridgewood Water is a public water supply utility serving four municipalities in Bergen County, NJ: the Borough of Glen Rock, Borough of Midland Park, Township of Wyckoff and Village of Ridgewood.

Date distributed: ___April 5, 2017___. The NJDEP WARN-LINE Case# is: 170405133004___________

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