Water Main Break Isolated
Water Pressure Returned to Normal
Boil Water Advisory Remains in Effect
UPDATE 2013 12 18 5:00pm: United Water reports that crews have isolated a broken 12” connection from the 36” water main in the intersection of Grand St and Grove St. Water pressure to the area should be back to normal. There are no residents affected by the isolation of the water main. The boil water advisory remains in effect.
UPDATE 2013 12 18 2:45 pm: The Affordable Care Act events scheduled for today at The Bethune Center and the Jersey City Museum are canceled due to today's water main break. There are events tomorrow and Friday.
United Water is reporting a main break at 5th and Coles Streets due to a car striking a hydrant. The main is broken in four places and United Water is sending additional crews to the scene to fix the leak.
UPDATE 2013 12 18 12:35pm: United Water is reporting that they believe they have located the cause of today's water main break at Grand and Grove Streets. Three crews are on the scene where there is a 36 inch main and also a 24 inch main and an interconnect valve located at that site to connect other mains in the area. According to United Water, it appears the problem is in the interconnect valve and the crews are in the process of isolating the interconnect valve now and once isolated will advise on a time frame for repairs.
The Jersey City Office of Emergency Management is deploying a 2,000 gallon water tanker to Grove and Mercer Street so residents can fill up with water. You must bring your own containers.
UPDATE 2013 12 18 12:00pm:
From The Jersey City Board of Education:
Due to a water main break that has affected the following schools: PS 3, MS 4, PS 5, PS 16, PS 22, PS 37, Bright St. Academy, Ferris HS, and Junior Academy, we will be dismissing students in these schools at 12:45 today. Please feel free to pick-up your child earlier if convenient.
All staff will remain until the end of the school day.
All after-school activities are cancelled for today at these schools only.
Several City buildings are impacted by the water issue affecting downtown Jersey City. However, all city offices remain open for business. All Police and Fire districts are operating at full staffing levels and the Resident Response Center is fully staffed to handle calls. They can be reached at 201-547-4900.
The Jersey City Health Department is advising that restaurants in the affected area without running water will not be able to open for lunch.
The JC Recreation Department is advising of closings for after school programs today due to the water main break at the following locations:
PS 3, PS 4, PS 5, PS 9, PS 16, PS 22, PS 37, and Ferris.
UPDATE 2013 12 18 11:00am: United Water officials have issued a boil water advisory to Jersey City residents in downtown due to a leak in the system. Affected areas are outlined on the map, but include the downtown area outside of Newport. Residents affected by the advisory will have to boil their water for 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.
UPDATE 2013 12 18 10:00am: United Water is still working to isolate the leak that is causing no water and low pressure throughout downtown Jersey City. The Jersey City Office of Emergency Management has been activated. The Jersey City Fire Department is conducting pressure checks of the hydrants in the affected areas and water tankers for fire suppression have been requested by the Acting Fire Chief from the regional "Tanker Task Force."
UPDATE 2013 12 18 7:57am: United Water is reporting problems with their low-pressure water system in the Downtown area with water service interruptions. Preliminary reports indicate the affected area is the Hoboken border south to Newark Avenue and Marin Boulevard west to Jersey Avenue. United Water crews are assessing the system now and will provide more information once available.