These Morris Township residents should boil their water, June 8

Map of neighborhoods affected by water main break, June 8, 2018. Image: Southeast Morris Municipal Utilities Authority.
Map of neighborhoods affected by water main break, June 8, 2018. Image: Southeast Morris Municipal Utilities Authority.


A water main break early Friday near the intersection of Washington Valley and Whitehead roads in Morris Township has created potential health concerns in that vicinity.

Affected residents should use bottled water, or boil their tap water for three minutes before drinking it or preparing foods, brushing teeth or washing dishes with it, until further notice from the Southeast Morris County Municipal Utilities Authority.

Streets impacted, listed here, include:

Alexandria Road
Alpine Drive
Ashley Court
Black Watch Trail
Brandywine Terrace
Canterbury Way
Craig Court
Conklin Avenue
Deborah Drive
Dellwood Avenue
Doe Hill Road
Edward Shippn Lane
Egbert Avenue
Fairchild Avenue
Gaston Road
Glimpsewood Lane
Hamilton Avenue
Hancock Road
Heather Lane
Hillcrest Avenue
Hillside Terrace
Inamere Road
Indian Head Road
Jacob Arnold Road
Jonathan Smith Road
Jones Drive
Kahdena Road
King Hill Court
Kissel Lane
Knollwood Drive
Knox Hill Road
Lake Valley Road
Lawndale Avenue
Longview Place
Mendham Avenue
Mendham Road
Merrywood Court
Netherton Terrace
Olmsted Road
Pioneer Lane
Pletcher Place
Rambling Woods Drive
Richlyn Court
Shady side Street
Spencer Drive
Sunderland Drive
Sussex Avenue
Sussex Place
Valley View Street
Washington Valley Road
Whispering Meadow Drive
Whitehead Road
Woodlawn Drive
Burnham Park
Longview Place
Robert Street
Shenandoah Place
Sussex Avenue
Woodlawn Drive

The line ruptured at 5 am on June 8, 2018. An update is anticipated at 3 pm.

Here is more from the water utility:

Effective immediately and until further notice, customers within the impacted service area are instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for three minutes and allow the tap water to cool before using, or use bottled water.

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:

  • throw away uncooked food or 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;
  • use only boiled water to treat minor injuries; and
  • provide pets with drinking water that has been boiled and cooled.

Please continue to boil your water or use bottled water until you are notified that the water quality is satisfactory. This advisory will remain in effect until repairs are completed and testing shows the water quality to be safe.

And some more…

If discolored water is observed, flush the internal cold water plumbing lines until all faucets run clear, start at the lowest level of your home or business and work your way to the highest level floor. Flush sinks, tubs, showers, all appliances that utilize water and outdoor hose bibs. 

  • Flush the water lines that feed the washing machine and dishwasher before use by running each through one cycle. 
  • If discolored water is utilized to wash laundry, it may become stained, in this case the laundry may have to be rewashed (do not dry stained laundry) using an iron stain remover product. 
  • Empty and clean automatic ice makers.
  • Drain and refill hot water heaters with temperatures set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Follow manufacturer recommendations for any necessary flushing of water softeners/cartridge filters. If the water pressure or flow is lower than normal at a specific faucet, remove and clean the aerator screen.
  • Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled (as applicable).

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