Boil water advisory remains in effect in Hoboken as work continues for United Water

Posted at 10:45 PM, Mar 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-28 22:50:12-04

Water was everywhere in Hoboken Thursday after not one, but two water main breaks flooded neighborhood streets.  Even though most people have water back the section of Willow Avenue between 14th and 15th streets remains closed overnight.

A boil water advisory remains in place Thursday night.

For United Water, the utility company responsible for the pipes in Hoboken, it’s been a long day — repair crews started at 3 am when a different water main just 6 blocks from here also on Willow Avenue kicked off the wet and weird events of the day.

As the sun came up, one unlucky resident could have watched as their parked car sunk down through the asphalt.

The sink hole was a result of a 12 inch water main break that happened just below.  But just as crews were a few hours away from finishing repairs on that water main, another pipe, this one 30 inches in diameter broke after construction workers hit the hit it.


Lucky for crews who were on the scene, the later break was just six short blocks away.

Water in the nearby area was turned off for hours while crews worked on both breaks.

But officials say the entire city of Hoboken could feel the impact.

Crews were able to repair the first break and isolate the second so almost all customers have their water and power turned back on with full pressure.  But until further notice the utility is asking customers to boil water before consuming.  They’re asking customers to conserve water wherever they can.

According to United Water, “Residents should boil their water for at least one minute for the following: drinking, cooking, or baking, making ice cubes, taking medication, brushing teeth, washing food, mixing baby formula or food, mixing juices or drinks, feeding pets, and all other consumption. Water does not have to be boiled for the following activities: showering, washing dishes or clothes.”