Boil Water Watch ( April 7, 2017 )

Boil Water Advisory Lifted For Ridgewood Water Customers

RIDGEWOOD, NJ — The boil water advisory for Ridgewood Water customers has been lifted, officials announced Friday.

The advisory had been in place since Wednesday afternoon after Ridgewood Water officials notified residents that E.coli bacteria and fecal indicators had been found in a groundwater sample taken from the utility’s low pressure zone, which services all of Glen Rock and parts of Ridgewood and Wyckoff.

The positive water sample was taken from groundwater, meaning it was not in the utility’s main water supply. E.coli was not found in the main water supply and there was not an E.coli outbreak, officials said.

Samples collected throughout the low pressure zone were tested and free of E.coli, Ridgewood Water said in a statement Friday.

Authorities are conducting a “thorough investigation” to determine the source of the contamination. The fecal indicators mean that human or animal waste could have gotten into the groundwater where the sample was taken, officials previously said.

The lab that collected the contaminated sample Tuesday, but did not inform Ridgewood Water of the contamination until Wednesday, officials said.

Officials will also review how the utility notifies customers.

Ridgewood Water told customers in all four towns it services — Ridgewood, Glen Rock, Wyckoff and Midland Park — of the contamination Wednesday and boil water advisory, but some customers reported not receiving a notification. The notice was also placed on the utility’s website.

“Ridgewood Water regrets any inconvenience this may have caused,” the utility said in its statement. “The health and safety of our customers in paramount.”


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