Monday, August 29, 2011


PATCH reports that water boiling could continue for days:

It posted this New Jersey American Water release:

On Saturday night, the flood gates were closed at New Jersey American Water’s Raritan Millstone Plant in Bridgewater in Somerset County in anticipation of Irene’s heavy rains and flooding. The flood walls have protected the plant; however the facility lost power and is running off of a limited supply of emergency power. High flood waters have prevented electric utility workers from reaching the inside of the plant or from working just outside of the plant to reconnect electric service. Company officials have been working with PSE&G, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and the State Police to devise a plan to restore power to the Raritan Millstone Plant.  The company’s Canal Road Water Treatment Plant, in nearby Somerset can serve as a backup if power resumption to the Raritan Millstone Plant is delayed.

New Jersey American is asking its customers to reduce or limit as much water use as possible while the company works to restore the plants, as well as other facilities in its service areas. Customers should limit all water uses and refrain from any nonessential uses of water to conserve water. Recovery to normal operations could take several days and customer conservation will be necessary until further notice. Large industrial customers should also reduce their water use where possible.

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