Hoboken water main break isolated; boil water advisory in effect

Posted at 3:54 PM, Mar 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-28 17:49:03-04


After two broken mains flooded the streets of Hoboken and cut water to swathes of the city, officials announced at 3:30 p.m. that the main break should be repaired within the hour, and full service to the affected areas is expected by Friday morning.

United Water has issued a boil water advisory, urging residents to rapidly boil drinking water for one minute before ingesting it.  The advisory is put in place any time the water system falls below a certain pressure.

According to a press release from United Water:

“Neilan maintained that the boil water advisory issued earlier today is still in effect until further notice for all residents throughout the City of Hoboken.  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.”

Workers have restored a broken water main at Willow Ave. and 14th St. and it is back in service, according to city officials.

A construction crew punched through a 30″ water main at 14th St. and Willow Ave. Thursday morning around 10 a.m., just eight hours after a 12″ main ruptured at 8th and Willow Ave.