(UPDATE: County government website now says Asbury Park and Interlaken not subject to water boil advisory. Click here for the Sun story on the updated information and link to county website. The story below is now out-of-date by this new information.)
As the New Jersey American Water Company seeks to get its Swimming River treatment plant back on line, there is some confusion about the boil water advisory as it pertains to Asbury Park and Interlaken.
The county government website says the advisory is county-wide because water utilities are interconnected, and recommends boiling any water provided by a water utility for human or pet consumption, or water that could be ingested by such uses as brushing teeth, washing vegetables or cleaning cuts or bruises.
However, the water company website does not include Asbury Park or Interlaken in the list of boil water advisory municipalities. The New Jersey American list does include Deal, Loch Arbour, Allenhurst and Neptune.
New Jersey American posted that list on its Facebook page Saturday morning around 8:30 a.m. Click here for a link to the water company’s Facebook page for further updates. Click here for the Monmouth County government website alert stating the boil water advisory is countywide.
The ban on outdoor water use countywide does remain. In addition, residents are urged to curtail all over non-essential water use.
The boil water advisory is issued as a precaution when the system loses pressure, according to the the water company. The concern is that bacteria can enter the system when the pipes are not fully pressurized.
Information on the advisory can be found on the links to the county and water company websites. Click here for a previous Sun story on the issue, which does include the water company’s recommendations on how to handle water subject to the boil water advisory.
The Swimming River treatment plant went off-line yesterday when a bridge on top of water mains at the site collapsed, severing the pipes.