The Business of the City: Miscellaneous

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Post-Hurricane Advisories Continuing

Dear residents,

I am hopeful that power will be returned to all areas of Plainfield within the next few days. I have met with some residents and surveyed some neighborhoods over the past few days to report on conditions (while, at the same time, trying to stay out of the way of DPW and the utility authorities!) and to take notes for the city's post-hurricane discussion. My neighborhood lost power on Sunday but, thankfully, it has been restored. Also, as Council President McWilliams has noted on her blog, the Plainfield Public Library is open and has power and Internet service. See her post here:  Plainfield Public Library Open!

A few days ago, I posted information on what the state of emergency could mean for Plainfield, in terms of getting funds from the state for "extraordinary storm-related expenses" that our city has incurred due to the storm. 
In the meantime, I want to make sure that as many people as possible are aware of the continuing alerts regarding power and water. Here are the alerts we were sent (courtesy the Clerk's Office):


New Jersey American Water Issues Boil Water Advisory in Parts of Essex & Union Counties
New Jersey American Water today issued a boil water advisory for customers in the following communities: West Orange, Short Hills, Millburn, Maplewood, Irvington, Springfield, Summit.
Due to flooding related to the impact of Hurricane Irene, our Canoe Brook Water Treatment Plant in Millburn has been inundated.
For updated information, customers can visit Jersey American Water’s website at , under the Alerts Notifications section.
Please note that this is a standard procedure whenever a treatment failure occurs which may compromise the quality of your drinking water.  New Jersey American Water will provide information as to when the advisory is lifted. 
The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection requires us to issue the following advisory:
The Department of Environmental Protection 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.
Please be advised that the company is doing all it can to make sure water is of the highest quality. New Jersey American Water Company will notify customers as soon as the advisory is lifted. If customers have any questions they may call 1-800-652-6987.


  • Emergencies
Downed power lines, gas leaks and other urgent, safety related requests.

Available 24 hours / 7days. 800-436-PSEG (7734)
  • Power Outages
To report an outage or check on the status of restoration.

Available 24 hours / 7days.  

800-436-PSEG (7734)  -or- 800-350-PSEG (7734)

  • Streetlight Outages 
  • Report a broken streetlight online or by phone. 800-436-PSEG (7734)

All best,


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