NEWARK — Water quality testing shows that there is no longer a need to boil water in Newark and Belleville, according to Mayor Ras Baraka.

A 72-inch water main break in Branch Burg Park on Tuesday flooded roadways and caused low pressure in Newark, Belleville and Bloomfield. Following the break, Newark implemented a boil water advisory that was not lifted until Saturday evening.

"The Department of Water and Sewer Utilities' State Certified Laboratory conducted water testing throughout wards affected and confirmed that the water quality is deemed satisfactory and is safe to drink," according to Baraka's office. Belleville issued a similar statement after its water was tested by the Department of Environmental Protection.

While it is no longer necessary to boil water, Newark is "strongly" advising its residents to take the following measures:

  • Run water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main.
  • Empty and clean automatic ice makers and water chillers.
  • Drain and refill hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Service connections with a water softener/cartridge filters should be run through a regeneration cycle or other procedures recommended by the manufacturer.
  • Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled (as applicable).

New Jersey 101.5 has reached out to the city for updated information on another 30-inch water main break at 15th Avenue and 15th Street in the West Ward on Thursday.

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