Boil-water notice continues this week in West Milford

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By Ann Genader

A boil water notice for homes in the Olde Milford and Highview Estates communities went into effect last weekend and continued throughout the current week.

The West Milford Municipal Utilities Authority (MUA) issued a notice on Tuesday at 7 p.m. that the boil water notice remains in effect until further notice.

Suez Water New Jersey Inc., in the process of buying the MUA for $11.3 million, issued a statement saying that while the company does not own or operate the water system yet, it wants to be a good neighbor by providing clean water to the residents. The water problems for about 75 homes in the Continental Road, Orleans Lane and Cherbourg Drive began on Saturday afternoon.

The water system for the two communities gets it water supply from four underground wells with about 1,620 people depending on the system.

A temporary repair to a failing underground pump Sunday night resulted in return of water to the well but an MUA statement said it could not be used for a potable water supply.

The company statement said residents of the two affected communities can come to their facility at Bald Eagle Commons Building One at 1 Richmond Road between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily to fill bottles and water jugs that they bring with them.

Suez said it will provide residents with water for the duration of the boil notice.

It said using water for dishwashers and showers is OK but as a precaution water should not be consumed until results of testing have been received.

The notice said residents will experience brown, airy water from taps in their homes for the remainder of the week.

The first indication of a problem surfaced Friday night, when low water levels in holding tanks were discovered at the Olde Milford facility.

A failed pump was reported to be the cause of the problem. The boil notice was issued when the tank began refilling.

Showers were made available at the high school for residents last Sunday.

For updates of what is happening residents can check the MUA website.

Restrictions on outdoor lawn watering and car washing were announced after the problem surfaced.

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