BREAKING: Boil Water Advisory Issued for Much of Mercer County
You better read this before you brush your teeth or make your coffee this morning. Trenton Water Works is telling their customers in Trenton, Hamilton Township, Ewing Township, and Lawrence Township to boil their water until further notice.
According to the advisory, released at 6:16 AM on Friday (September 27th) Chlorination levels (a water disinfection process) are too low due to an equipment malfunction in Trenton Water Works water distribution system.
They are working on the problem, and need to re-test it, so boil your water until they can deem it satisfactory again. They're instructed you to bring all tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and then let cool before using or use bottled water.
How convenient... ugh.
Trenton Water Works has been plagued with problems over the last few years, leaving customers with a bad taste in their mouth...literally. Many residents have switched to bottled water, or have installed costly filters in their homes, frustrated that they're still paying the lacking service.
Here are more tips from Trenton Water Works:
Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking; preparing foods; mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks; washing vegetables and fruit; cooking; making ice; brushing teeth, and washing dishes until further notice. Boiling kills bacteria and other organisms in the water.
The following measures are also recommended:
- Discard uncooked food, beverages, or ice cubes made with tap water during the day of the advisory.
- Keep boiled water in the refrigerator for drinking.
- Do not swallow water while showering or bathing.
- Rinse hand-washed dishes with a diluted bleach solution (one tablespoon of household bleach per gallon of tap water) or clean your dishes in a dishwasher using the hot wash cycle and dry cycle.
- Do not use home filtering devices in place of boiling or using bottled water; most home water filters will not provide adequate protection from microorganisms.
- Only boiled water to treat minor injuries.
- Provide pets with drinking water that has been boiled (and cooled).
This map shows the affected area:
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