New Jersey officials are banning outdoor water use in Monmouth County after three water mains broke.
New Jersey American Water Company customers in Monmouth County are banned by law from using outdoor water. Other residents in the county are also advised to conserve outdoor water.
A bridge containing three water mains collapsed at the water company’s Swimming River Treatment Plant around noon on Friday.
As a result, residents from Aberdeen, Highlands, Holmdel and Middletown are being advised to boil tap water before use.
A spokesperson for the New Jersey American Water Company, Richard Barnes, said they are investigating what caused the collapse. They hope to return full water service in advance of this week’s holiday.
“We don’t know the cause of the collapse yet,” Barnes said. “In the coming days we’re looking to getting that information. Our main concern right now is that we still have four towns on boiled water advisory. We need to get those towns off boiled water advisory. We’re trying to do that by Fourth of July.”
The three water mains directly serviced 22 towns in Monmouth County. These towns were advised to boil water until Sunday, when 18 of the towns were released from the advisory. The company provides water to about 95,000 residents in Monmouth County.
Cases of bottled water are being distributed to residents under the boil water advisory at Middletown High School, according to a spokesperson from the Monmouth County Office of Emergency.