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CORRECTING and REPLACING: 22 Towns in Monmouth County Now Under Boil Water Advisory; New Jersey American Water Bans Outdoor Water Use

Headline of release should read: 22 Towns in Monmouth County Now Under Boil Water Advisory...(sted 20 Towns in Monmouth County Now Under Boil Water Advisory...). First graph, first sentence of release should read: New Jersey American Water has limited its boiled water advisory to 22 towns in Monmouth County... (sted New Jersey American Water has limited its boiled water advisory to 20 towns in Monmouth County...) To list of bullet points, add: Lake Como, Shrewsbury Borough, Shrewsbury Township; remove from list Shrewsbury.

The corrected release reads:


New Jersey American Water has limited its boiled water advisory to 22 towns in Monmouth County after three water mains collapsed at the company’s Swimming River Water Treatment Plant in Tinton Falls. The company has also banned all outdoor water use, including watering lawns, shrubs or gardens, filling swimming pools or washing cars as work continues to stabilize water distribution from the plant.

The towns impacted by the boiled water advisory are:

  • Aberdeen
  • Allenhurst
  • Deal
  • Eatontown
  • Fair Haven
  • Lake Como
  • Middletown
  • Monmouth Beach
  • Neptune
  • Oceanport
  • Ocean Township
  • Highlands
  • Holmdel
  • Little Silver
  • Loch Arbor
  • Long Branch
  • Rumson
  • Sea Bright
  • Tinton Falls
  • Shrewsbury Borough
  • Shrewsbury Township
  • West Long Branch

Please note that this is a standard procedure whenever water pressure is lost as a precaution. New Jersey American Water will provide information as to when the advisory is lifted.

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection requires that the company issue the following advisory:

New Jersey American Water has determined that a potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided to you currently exists. Therefore until further notice, bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow to cool before using for consumption; drinking, ice cubes, washing vegetables and fruit, and for brushing teeth. Please continue to boil your water until you are notified that the water quality is acceptable.

New Jersey American Water also recommends the following steps:

  • Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if made with tap water during the day of the advisory;
  • Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking;
  • Rinse hand-washed dishes for a minute in diluted bleach (one tablespoon of household bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in a dishwasher using the hot wash cycle and dry cycle.
  • Do not swallow water while you are showering or bathing;
  • Provide pets with boiled water after cooling;
  • Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms;
  • Use only boiled water to treat minor injuries.

New Jersey American Water is working on temporary measures to restore normal operations at its Swimming River Water Treatment Plant. The plant delivers 36 million gallons of water each day to 55,000 customer accounts.

For updates, customers can visit or

New Jersey American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.5 million people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs more than 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to approximately 15 million people in more than 30 states, as well as parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting

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New Jersey American Water
Richard G. Barnes, 856-782-2371

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