BLOOMFIELD, N.J. (WABC) --It is now safe to drink and use tap water in Bloomfield Township, according to officials.
Authorities sent out a notice Saturday afternoon that the water now complies with all safe drinking water standards.
E. coli bacteria were found in water supply samples collected Monday in Bloomfield. These bacteria can make you sick, and are a particular concern for people with weakened immune systems.
Bacterial contamination can occur when increased run-off enters the drinking water source (for example, following heavy rains). It can also happen due to a break in the distribution system (pipes) or a failure in the water treatment process.
All water had to be boiled for one minute, then cooled before use for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes, and food preparation until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
When the advisory was first sent, the township said it would take corrective actions including chlorinating, flushing, additional sampling and assessing the Bloomfield system as well as investigating sampling procedures, residual disinfectant levels, and source water quality. Bloomfield is a consecutive system supplied by Newark Water Department.
For more information, please contact Bloomfield Water Department Licensed Operator Anthony Marucci at (973) 680-4009.