Hoboken boil water advisory lifted despite ‘unsuccessful’ repair efforts

Posted: 4:40 PM, Nov 24, 2015
Updated: 2015-11-24 16:40:23-05

HOBOKEN, New Jersey – Water continues to flow into the streets of Hoboken Tuesday after SUEZ Water workers failed to seal a broken valve overnight.

In a measure of relief for residents, officials confirmed Tuesday that a boil water advisory has been lifted after the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection tested drinking water samples.  Depending on the outcome of this week’s repair attempts, however, the advisory may go back into effect in the next several days.

SUEZ Water is asking Hoboken residents to continue to conserve water as they try to restore pressure.

“This main break has been a major inconvenience for residents and businesses in Hoboken,” said Chris Riat, senior director of NJ operations for SUEZ. “We owe these residents a sincere thank you for their patience and understanding during this emergency. We also owe a debt of gratitude to the hard work and effort of the City of Hoboken leadership, the Office of Emergency Management and the police and fire department for their assistance.”

After the main break, a 36-inch valve broke at Newark and Harrison Streets, compounding the problem.  Some of the pipes are more than 100 years old and repair work can be delicate and difficult, according to SUEZ officials.

There is no timeframe yet, and on Monday officials warned that work could continue beyond Thanksgiving.

Residents are being advised to take the following measures:

  • Run water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush the service connection and interior plumbing.
  • Empty and clean automatic ice makers and water chillers.
  • Drain and refill hot water heaters if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Run water softener/cartridge filters through a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the product manufacturer