Boil water advisory still in effect for Hoboken and Jersey City

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A boil water advisory remains in effect for Hoboken and Jersey City residents after a contractor working in an industrial area of Jersey City near the intersection of Howell Street and Duffield Avenue struck a 36-inch water transmission line that supplies water to both cities.

That means residents should boil their water for at least one minute for drinking, cooking, or baking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula or food, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets, and all other consumption.

Water does not have to be boiled for showering or washing dishes and clothes.

Water quality technicians will begin to take samples in both Jersey City and Hoboken this morning to ensure drinking water safety. SUEZ has also ordered water tankers and is working with Jersey City and Hoboken OEMs for placement.

Hoboken’s Office of Emergency Management delivered bottled water to senior buildings with low water pressure.

SUEZ emergency crews responded to the break and completed the process of shutting off water to the site overnight.

This will enable full water pressure to be restored throughout the two cities.

Crews will begin to repair the broken water transmission main this morning.

According to Suez, the contractor was putting in sheet piling and pushed a piling directly into the water main.