Does your tap water stink?
HUDSON COUNTY – Last weekend, some residents of Hoboken, Jersey City, and Weehawken noticed a stinky odor in their tap water. United Water released the following statement on their website:
United Water customers in Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken may notice a change in the taste and odor of their drinking water. Despite the differences, the water continues to meet all the standards for safe drinking water. It can still be used for drinking, cooking and bathing.
“United Water is testing and monitoring the water quality very closely and laboratory tests show that it meets the standards for safe drinking water,” said Jim Glozzy, general manager. He explained that musty or earthy odors can occur when reservoir levels are down.
Certain taste and odor episodes can also be caused by turnovers in the reservoir. This occurs when the surface water cools and sinks to the bottom, causing a disturbance to the lower water layers.
The odor may be stronger when using hot water for showers, bathing or washing dishes. In addition, the odor may be increased if the hot water heater is only used on a limited basis.
Glozzy explained that changes in the raw water supply require United Water to modify the location of the reservoir intake and the treatment process. “We are working to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.” he said.
The company stated, “Water supplies are natural systems that respond to changes in the environment. As a result, it is difficult to predict exactly how long it will take to resolve this problem. Customers may find that the taste of the water improves if they keep it in an open pitcher in the refrigerator.”
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New Jersey Meadowlands Commission announces fall events
Get an up-close view of the Meadowlands District’s spectacular scenic beauty and wildlife with a two-hour guided pontoon boat cruise of the Hackensack River and its surrounding marshes. Experienced NJMC staff will discuss the region’s human and environmental history and point out birds and other wildlife along the way. Pontoon boat cruises depart from River Barge Park, 260 Outwater Lane, Carlstadt on Sept. 12, 14, 18 and 20 at 5 p.m. and are $15. They are open to ages 10 and up.
Pre-registration is required. For directions, a complete schedule and to register, visit www.njmeadowlands.gov or call (201) 460-4640.
The Third-Tuesday-of-the-Month will be a free two-hour guided nature walk that will take you to legendary Harrier Meadow in North Arlington. The 70-acre site, usually off limits to the public, features ponds and tidal impoundments and plenty of birds. If weather permits, there may be a bird-banding demonstration by an NJMC naturalist. Meeting time will be 10 a.m. at the entrance to Harrier Meadow on Disposal Road. You can also meet at visitors’ parking lot at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst at 9:40 a.m. to carpool. The walk is run by the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission and the Bergen County Audubon Society. For last minute updates and weather advisories visit meadowblog.net. You will have to sign a standard liability release that is good for NJMC/BCAS events throughout the year. To RSVP, contact Don Torino of the BCAS at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (201) 230-4983.
Family Science Night, H2Olympics is on Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 7 to 9 p.m. This is an opportunity to have fun and celebrate the end of the “Olympic Summer” with games and activities about water. Admission is $5 per person and $4 for MEC members. While the program is geared toward ages 6-12, families are welcome to bring children of all ages. It will be held in Meadowlands Environment Center, Two DeKorte Park Plaza, Lyndhurst. For further information call (201) 460-8300 or visit www.njmeadowlands.gov/ec.
Safe seafood consumption will be the topic at hand along with how much is enough to affect your health on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. MEC Director Dr. Angela Cristini will introduce you to the seafood you eat and discuss the benefits, risks and preparation of seafood. All are welcome to attend. Guests will compete for prizes in “Marsh Jeopardy” game.
Fall flea market
The fall flea market at Our Lady of Fatima, 81st Street and Kennedy Blvd in North Bergen, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to get a table is $25 and set-up time is at 8 a.m. Admission is free and contracts are available at the Rectory, 8016 Kennedy Blvd., which is first come, first serve. There will be no refunds after contracts have been signed. For further information call (201) 869-7244.