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Boil water advisory in Jersey City, Hoboken after massive water main break

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Posted at 4:20 PM, Apr 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-29 19:10:59-04

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A boil water advisory remains in effect early Wednesday for residents in Jersey City and Hoboken after a massive water main break Tuesday in Jersey City.

While most of Jersey City was without water Tuesday — including Christ Hospital — following the break, SUEZ Water North Jersey said just before 7 a.m. Wednesday that a "great majority" of residents in the two cities have had their water restored.

"There are small pockets with no water," SUEZ said on Twitter. "Residents should check [with] building management to make sure there is no individual issue and also report their exact addresses."

SUEZ Water said early Wednesday that system pressure was returning to normal for customers across both cities.

Despite water coming back, officials said the boil water advisory remains in effect until further notice to residents throughout both cities.

SUEZ advised residents to boil their water for at least one minute for drinking, cooking, 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 showering or washing dishes and clothes, SUEZ said.

The utility company said crews flushed the system overnight to help with discolored water some customers saw.

A State of New Jersey construction crew on Route 7 in Kearny ruptured a 36-inch pipe, which is one of the city’s main water lines, according to Fulop and SUEZ Water.

Multiple water outages had been reported across Jersey City, according to SUEZ Water North Jersey, which noted this is "not a planned outage."

"Our crews are moving as quickly and safely as possible to deploy a team to make these repairs. More information to come," the company said in a tweet Tuesday.

An official at Christ Hospital in Jersey City said the facility lost water Tuesday due to the rupture.

“The water main break caused Christ Hospital to lose water throughout the facility," said Marie Duffy, chief hospital executive at Christ Hospital. "So we activated our emergency management utility plan. We’ve connected our pipes to a big tanker of water so now there is low pressure of water on all the floors. The tanker was provided by OEM."

The water main break cames as Christ Hospital and other medical centers deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and Americans are urged to frequently wash their hands and practice social distancing.