Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest news about the boil water advisory in Trenton and Hamilton Townships.
The Trenton Water Works boil advisory, which was put in effect yesterday for parts of Trenton, Hamilton, and Ewing, has been lifted.
NJ DEP spokesman Robert Geist said that lab results of Trenton Water Works’ samples came back “negative for total coliforms and indicated adequate chlorine residuals in the distribution system. The DEP continues to monitor the situation until normal operations are resumed.”
Total coliforms are the stuff you don’t want in your water: bacteria found in the soil, in water that has been influenced by surface water, and in human or animal waste.
Due to this, TWW boil water advisory is lifted. The conserve water notice remains in place.
The boil water alert was first issued due to a plant shutdown on Jan. 15. Operations ceased because of elevated turbidities and inadequate disinfection of delivered water. Turbidity refers to the cloudiness or haziness of the water.
Officials believe this was caused by the Delaware River running rapidly with high water levels, overwhelming the system with water, ice and debris.
“The rapid increase in water levels of the Delaware River has caused turbidity issues,” Trenton Mayor Eric Jackson said in a statement. “Some Trenton Water Works customers have experienced issues. We are working with the Department of Environmental Protection and other partners to address this matter. We will provide more information as it becomes available.”
Trenton Water Works customers asked to conserve water
A water conservation advisory is still in effect for all Trenton Water Works customers.
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is requiring the system wide water conservation to help conserve available water supplies, according to Geist.
Residents should limit all water use by restricting use of dishwashers and washing machines, limiting showers and their duration and limiting flushing toilets. The advisory will remain in effect until costumers are notified by officials in their municipality.
Any further questions can be directed to Trenton Water Works at 609-989-3379 or 609-433-9700.