NEWS:

 

ATTENTION RESIDENTS OF CLIFTON, PATERSON & PASSAIC

MAIN BREAK AT CLIFTON AVE & GETTY AVE IN CLIFTON

Posted: April 15, 2014

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission is providing notification that a 16-inch water main break occurred earlier this morning on the corner of Clifton Avenue and Getty Avenue. Customers in Clifton, Passaic and Paterson may have experienced discolored water including low water pressure.  As of this afternoon, 4:00 p.m., the main has been repaired and is back in service. All customers are advised that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.  

 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

 

As always, you may contact Passaic Valley Water Commission’s Customer Service Department at 973-340-4300 with any comments or questions.

This notice is being sent to you by Passaic Valley Water Commission. State Water System ID# NJ1605002

 

 

NOTIFICATION EXTENSION

Posted: April 8, 2014

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission has postponed making repairs on the 24-inch main after one week of exploratory work and preparations due to adverse weather conditions. Therefore, the Notification for Water Main Repairs submitted to your office on Friday, March 14, 2014 is being extended to Friday, April 11, 2014.

 

Water main repairs will be performed on a 24-inch diameter water transmission main that primarily services the cities of Paterson and Clifton. The work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 and is anticipated to be completed on or about Friday, April 11, 2014.  During this period of time, your water will be supplied through other transmission mains.  This may produce discolored water and lowered water pressure at any time during the work period. Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur. Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

ATTENTION LODI RESIDENTS

Posted: March 18, 2014

 

Several years ago the Borough of Lodi initiated a legal action against Passaic Valley Water Commission claiming that a rate adjustment in 2009 was improperly applied to Lodi accounts. The appeals court ruled that a portion of the 2009-10 rate adjustment was improper and directed a refund. In compliance with the court’s final judgment, bills in Lodi from 2009-2013 were recalculated and adjustments were applied to the accounts.  A total of $4,707,704.70 in credits were applied to accounts of customers in Lodi as a result of the decision. This figure includes the bill recalculation as well as post-judgment interest applied to the credits. The methodology used for all the calculations was agreed to by the Borough of Lodi’s auditor

 

Refund checks are being mailed to every current account with a credit balance.  Details of the credit will appear on the next bill.

 

Accounts that have been closed since 2009 due to a change of ownership of the property that have a credit balance will have a refund check mailed to the former account holder’s last known mailing address within 14 days.

 

The Commission will hold in reserve credit balances due to former account holders for whom it has no mailing address on file.  Former account holders who closed accounts between 2009 and 2013, and who believe they are due a refund should contact the Commission with their name, former address, date their account closed, and current mailing address.

 

 

ATTENTION RESIDENTS IN LODI, WALLINGTON, GARFIELD AND ELMWOOD PARK

TEMPORARY CHANGE IN WATER SUPPLY

Posted: October 1, 2013

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission will be repairing and upgrading a large diameter water transmission main that provides water service to areas of Lodi, Wallington, Garfield and Elmwood Park.

 

The work is scheduled to begin on Friday, October 4, 2013 and is anticipated to be completed on or about Friday, October 18, 2013.  During this period of time, your water will be provided from a different water source and through other transmission mains.  This may produce discolored water and lowered water pressure at any time during the work period.  In addition, the alternative water source uses chloramines for disinfection purposes instead of chlorine.  Chloramines are a federal and state approved method of disinfection but consumers may notice a difference in taste. 

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.  In addition:

 

 

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

 

ATTENTION CITY OF PATERSON

Posted: October 1, 2013

 

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve service to our customers, the Passaic Valley Water Commission will be upgrading a 100-year old transmission main that delivers water to our customers in Paterson. 

 

The Work is scheduled to begin on Friday, October 4, 2013 and should be completed by Friday, October 18, 2013.  During this time, our customers will be supplied by other water mains.  There may be some unavoidable water discoloration and low pressure at any time during the 2-week period.

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

 

ATTENTION CLIFTON RESIDENTS

NOTICE OF FLUSHING OF WATER MAINS

Posted: September 6, 2013

 

PVWC is flushing in the Valley Road area of Clifton in a section of Clifton that is bounded by Valley Road, Broad Street, Van Houten Avenue and the Montclair border.

 

The water mains are being flushed today 9/6/2013 between 9am and 4pm.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Tests Showed Coliform Bacteria in Passaic Valley Water Commission Water.

This event is limited to our Customers in Clifton, Passaic and Woodland Park.

Posted: August 12, 2013

 

Our water system recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened, what you should do, and what we are doing to correct this situation.

 

We routinely monitor for drinking water contaminants. During July we took 256 samples throughout the PVWC system to test for the presence of coliform bacteria. A total of 17 of these samples (6.6 percent) showed the presence of coliform bacteria. The standard is that no more than five percent of samples may have coliform bacteria present. Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves, but serve as an indicator that other bacteria may or may not be present in the water. It is likely that the source of the coliform bacteria was one of our open finished water reservoirs. Unplanned treatment plant shutdowns during July  mandated that  water  from the uncovered Great Notch Reservoir  enter  the distribution system piping serving the cities of Clifton, Passaic and Woodland Park at a rate much higher than routinely occurs. Typically this would not have been an issue, but the extremely hot weather experienced in July increased system demands and prevented us from adequately flushing the water in the reservoir prior to this event.

 

What should I do?

You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions.  However, if you have specific health concerns, consult your doctor.

If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.  General guidelines on ways to lessen the risk of infection by microbes are available from EPA’s Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 18004264791.

 

What does this mean?

This is not an emergency.  If it had been you would have been notified within 24 hours.  Coliform bacteria are generally not harmful themselves. Coliforms are bacteria which are naturally present in the environment and are used as an indicator that other, potentiallyharmful, bacteria may be present. Coliforms were found in more samples than allowed and this was a warning of potential problems.

 

Usually, coliforms are a sign that there could be a problem with the system’s treatment or distribution system (pipes). Whenever we detect coliform bacteria in any sample, we are required to continue the analytical testing procedure to see if other bacteria of greater concern, such as E.coli, are present. We did not find any E. coli bacteria in our subsequent testing. If we had, we would have notified you immediately.

 

What is being done?

Subsequent testing for coliform bacteria was conducted and no additional coliform bacteria were found.

We have continued our routine monthly coliform bacteria testing and will inform you if we have another coliform bacteria exceedance.

We have since flushed the reservoirs, and increased our ongoing distribution system flushing in the affected area to remove contaminated water from the distribution system piping. We continue flushing the reservoirs and the distribution system piping as a normal proactive precautionary measure.

We have increased the chlorine disinfectant residuals above routine levels to the water leaving the reservoirs as an additional precaution to help prevent the coliform bacteria from entering the distribution system piping.

We are in the process of conducting an assessment of our water system to help us minimize the likelihood of this happening again.

Passaic Valley Water Commission has entered into an Administrative Consent Order with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) for closing the open finished water reservoirs and constructing covered storage systems.

 

For  more  information,  please  contact  our  Customer  Service  Department  at  9733404300  and  visit  our  website  at www.pvwc.com.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

This notice is being sent to you by Passaic Valley Water Commission PWSID No.NJ1605002. Date distributed: August 12, 2013

 

 

NOTICE OF FLUSHING

Posted: July 26, 2013

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission will be flushing in the area bounded by Ploch Rd and Bender Drive, on Broad Street down to Fenner Avenue and on Fenner Avenue to Valley Road.

Flushing will be starting tonight July 26, 2013, through Saturday July 27, 2013.

 

There may be some unavoidable water discoloration and low pressure at any time during this flushing period.

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

 

ATTENTION PVWC CUSTOMERS

Posted:  July 17, 2013

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission (PVWC) is reporting that at approximately 6:15 a.m., fumes were observed leaking from containers used the previous day by a contractor to clean up a small Hydrogen Peroxide spill. Hydrogen Peroxide is a chemical used in our water treatment process.

 

Plant staff noticed the fumes and immediately notified emergency officials. "We activated our Incident Response Plan and worked closely with local authorities including a Hazardous Materials Response Team". According to Joe Bella, "there were no injuries and no impact to the surrounding communities or to the nearby Passaic River". The situation was controlled and mitigated following proper procedures roughly about 12:30 p.m. At no time was there any affect to the drinking water.

 

 

 

NOTICE OF FLUSHING OF WATER MAINS

Posted:  July 12, 2013

 

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve service to our customers, the Passaic Valley Water Commission will continue its Valve Maintenance and Flushing Program in the Valley Road section of Clifton in an area that is bounded by the Paterson border to the north, Rifle Camp Park and Garrett Mountain Reservation to the west, the Montclair border to the south, and Broad Street to the east.

 

Water mains will be flushed on consecutive days, beginning July 17, 2013, and the work is anticipated to be completed in about 2 weeks.  The water mains will be flushed weekdays between the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. 

 

There may be some unavoidable water discoloration and low pressure at any time during the 2-week flushing period.

 

This system flushing helps improve water quality by removing harmless minerals that collect in the water mains.  The Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

 

DRINKING WATER PROBLEM CORRECTED FOR CUSTOMERS OF HIGH CREST – WEST MILFORD

Posted:  June 21, 2013

 

Customers of PVWC-High Crest, in the High Crest Lake area of West Milford, were notified on June 20, 2013, of a problem with our drinking water due to a water main break, and were advised to boil the water before using as a precautionary measure.  We are pleased to report that repairs have been completed and that subsequent water quality testing shows the water quality to be satisfactory.

 

THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS LIFTED and it is no longer necessary to boil your water before using. 

 

The following measures are strongly encouraged at this time:

* Run your water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main.

* Empty and clean your automatic ice makers and water chillers.

* Drain and refill your hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Service connections with a water softener should be run through a regeneration cycle.

* Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

 

As always, you may contact Passaic Valley Water Commission’s Customer Service Department at 973-340-4300 with any comments or questions.

 

This notice is being sent to you by Passaic Valley Water Commission, Water System ID# NJ1615003

 

Date distributed: June 21, 2013

 

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR CUSTOMERS OF HIGH CREST – WEST MILFORD

Posted:  June 20, 2013

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission is providing notification that a water main break has occurred at 132 Upper High Crest Drive, which has caused some customers within our service area to be without water or to experience a significant loss of pressure. A potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided to you currently exists.  As a precaution, we are implementing a limited Boil Water Advisory until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory.

 

Effective immediately and until further notice, customers within the impacted area *High Crest are instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using for:

·                 drinking,

·                 preparing foods, washing vegetables and fruit,

·                 cooking,

·                 making ice cubes,

·                 taking medications,

·                 brushing teeth and,

·                 mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks.

 

The following measures are also recommended:

·                 Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if 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;

·                 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 by Passaic Valley Water Commission that the water quality is satisfactory. If you have any questions, please contact PVWC at 973-340-4300 or go to our website at www.pvwc.com.

 

Please be advised that we are working as quickly as possible to restore your water quality. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

 

 

NOTICE TO NORTH ARLINGTON RESIDENTS

FLUSHING AND TESTING OF WATER MAINS

Posted:  May 2, 2013

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission will be testing and flushing every hydrant in the Borough of North Arlington beginning on Monday, May 6, 2013.  The hydrants will be flushed on weekdays between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and the work is anticipated to be completed in about 2 weeks.

 

Customers should note that there may be some unavoidable water discoloration and low pressure at any time during the 2-week flushing period.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

DRINKING WATER PROBLEM CORRECTED FOR CUSTOMERS OF PATERSON

In the area of 473 Marshall St, between Levine St & Paxton St

Posted:  February 22, 2013

 

Customers of Passaic Valley Water Commission, in the Marshall Avenue / Levine Street / Paxton Street area of Paterson, were notified on February 20, 2013, of a problem with our drinking water due to a water main break and were advised to boil the water before using as a precautionary measure.  We are pleased to report that the repairs have been completed and subsequent water quality testing shows the water quality to be satisfactory.

 

THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS LIFTED and it is no longer necessary to boil your water before using. 

 

The following measures are strongly encouraged at this time:

* Run your water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main.

* Empty and clean your automatic ice makers and water chillers.

* Drain and refill your hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Service connections with a water softener should be run through a regeneration cycle.

* Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

 

As always, you may contact Passaic Valley Water Commission’s Customer Service Department at 973-340-4300 with any comments or questions.

 

This notice is being sent to you by Passaic Valley Water Commission. State Water System ID# NJ1605002

 

Date distributed: February 22, 2013

 

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR CUSTOMERS OF PATERSON

In the area of 473 Marshall St, between Levine St & Paxton St

Posted:  February 20, 2013

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission is providing notification that a water main break has occurred at 473 Marshall St, Paterson between Levine St & Paxton St, which has caused some customers to be without water or to experience a significant loss of pressure. A potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided to you currently exists.  As a precaution, we are implementing a limited Boil Water Advisory until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory.

 

NOTE that the impacted area is limited to those customers located on Marshall St between Levine St & Paxton St and Paxton St between Marshall St and the dead end, in Paterson – no other customers in Paterson or anywhere in PVWC’s service areas are affected.

 

Effective immediately and until further notice, customers within the impacted area are instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using for:

·                       drinking,

·                       preparing foods, washing vegetables and fruit,

·                       cooking,

·                       making ice cubes,

·                       taking medications,

·                       brushing teeth and,

·                       mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks.

 Please continue to boil your water or use bottled water until you are notified by Passaic Valley Water Commission that the water quality is satisfactory.

 The following measures are also recommended:

·                 Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if 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;

·                       Provide pets with drinking water that has been boiled (and cooled).

 Please be advised that we are working as quickly as possible to restore your water quality.

 

This advisory will remain in effect until repairs are completed and testing shows the water quality to be safe.  You will be notified when the boil water advisory is lifted.

 

Thank you for your patience.  If customers have any questions please contact:  Passaic Valley Water Commission (973) 340-4300. 

 

 

 

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR CUSTOMERS OF PATERSON

DRINKING WATER PROBLEM CORRECTED

Posted:  February 7, 2013

 

Customers of Passaic Valley Water Commission, in the area of Van Houten Street, between Mill Street and Curtiss Place, Paterson, were notified on February 6, 2013, of a problem with our drinking water due to a water main break, and were advised to boil the water before using as a precautionary measure.  We are pleased to report that the repairs have been completed and subsequent water quality testing shows the water quality to be safe.

 

THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS LIFTED and it is no longer necessary to boil your water before using. 

 

The following measures are strongly encouraged at this time:

* Run your water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main.

* Empty and clean your automatic ice makers and water chillers.

* Drain and refill your hot water heater if the temperature is set below 113 degrees Fahrenheit.

* Service connections with a water softener should be run through a regeneration cycle.

* Water reservoirs in tall buildings should be drained and refilled.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.

 

As always, you may contact Passaic Valley Water Commission’s Customer Service Department at 973-340-4300 with any comments or questions.

 

This notice is being sent to you by Passaic Valley Water Commission. State Water System ID# NJ1605002

 

Date distributed: February 7, 2013

 

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR CUSTOMERS OF PATERSON (UPDATE)

Posted:  February 6, 2013

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission is providing notification that a water main break has occurred at Van Houten Street, Paterson between Mill Street and Curtiss Place, which has caused some customers to be without water or to experience a significant loss of pressure. A potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided to you currently exists.  As a precaution, we are implementing a limited Boil Water Advisory until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory.

 

NOTE that the impacted area is limited to those customers located on Van Houten Street in Paterson between Mill Street and Curtiss Place – no other customers in Paterson or anywhere in PVWC’s service areas are affected.

 

Effective immediately and until further notice, customers within the impacted area are instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using for:

·                       drinking,

·                       preparing foods, washing vegetables and fruit,

·                       cooking,

·                       making ice cubes,

·                       taking medications,

·                       brushing teeth and,

·                       mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks.

 Please continue to boil your water or use bottled water until you are notified by Passaic Valley Water Commission that the water quality is satisfactory.

 The following measures are also recommended:

·                 Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if 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;

·                       Provide pets with drinking water that has been boiled (and cooled).

 Please be advised that we are working as quickly as possible to restore your water quality.

 

This advisory will remain in effect until repairs are completed and testing shows the water quality to be safe.  You will be notified when the boil water advisory is lifted.

 

Thank you for your patience.  If customers have any questions please contact:  Passaic Valley Water Commission (973) 340-4300. 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD IN YOUR DRINKING WATER

Posted: December 7, 2012

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD IN YOUR DRINKING WATER

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission found elevated levels of lead in drinking water in some homes/buildings. Lead can cause serious health problems, especially for pregnant women and children 6 years and younger. Please read this information closely to see what you can do to reduce lead in your drinking water and to learn what Passaic Valley Water Commission is doing to address the problem.

 

For more information, call us at 973-340-4300 or email us at customerservice@pvwc.com

 

This notice is brought to you by

Passaic Valley Water Commission

Public Water System ID No. NJ1605002

December 2012

 

 

 

HEALTH EFFECTS OF LEAD

           

Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones, and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones, which may affect brain development.

 

SOURCES OF LEAD

 

Lead is a common metal found in the environment. Drinking water is one possible source of lead exposure. The main sources of lead exposure are lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust or soil, and some plumbing materials. In addition, lead can be found in certain types of pottery, pewter, brass fixtures, food, and cosmetics. Other sources include exposure in the work place and exposure from certain hobbies (lead can be carried on clothing or shoes).

 

New brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water. The law currently allows end-use brass fixtures, such as faucets, with up to 8 percent lead to be labeled as “lead free”. However, plumbing fixtures labeled National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) certified may only have up to 2 percent lead. Consumers should be aware of this when choosing fixtures and take appropriate precautions.

 

 When water is in contact with pipes [or service lines] or plumbing that contains lead for several hours or more, the lead may enter drinking water.  This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning, or later in the afternoon after returning from work or school, can contain fairly high levels of lead.  Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have plumbing containing lead. New homes may also have lead; even “lead-free” plumbing may contain some lead.

 

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that 10 to 20 percent of a person’s potential exposure to lead may come from drinking water. Infants who consume mostly formula mixed with lead-containing water can receive 40 to 60 percent of their exposure to lead from drinking water.

 

Don’t forget about other sources of lead such as lead paint, lead dust, and lead in soil. Wash your children’s hands and toys often as they can come into contact with dirt and dust containing lead.

 

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO REDUCE

 YOUR EXPOSURE TO LEAD IN YOUR WATER

 

1. Run your water to flush out lead.

Run water for 30 seconds to 2 minutes or until it becomes cold or reaches a steady temperature before using it for drinking or cooking, if it hasn’t been used for several hours. This flushes lead-containing water from the pipes. Flushing usually uses less than one or two gallons of water and costs less than 30 cents per month.

           

2. Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula.

Do not cook with or drink water from the hot water tap; lead dissolves more easily into hot water. Do not use water from the hot water tap to make baby formula.

 

3. Do not boil water to remove lead.

Boiling water will not reduce lead.

 

4. Look for alternative sources or treatment of water.

You may want to consider purchasing bottled water or a water filter. Read the package to be sure the filter is approved to reduce lead or contact NSF International at 800-NSF-8010 or www.nsf.org for information on performance standards for water filters. Be sure to maintain and replace a filter device in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions to protect water quality.

 

5. Test your water for lead.

Call PVWC at 973-340-4300 to find out how to get your water tested for lead and for a list of local laboratories that have been certified for testing water quality. The following is a list of

some State approved laboratories in your area that you can call to have your water tested for lead:

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission                    QC Laboratories

  1525 Main Avenue, Clifton NJ 07011                  196 Paterson Avenue, East Rutherford, NJ 07073              

  973-340-4300                                                     800-289-8378            

 

6. Get your child tested.

Contact your local health department or healthcare provider to find out how you can get your child tested for lead if you are concerned about exposure.

 

7. Identify if your plumbing fixtures contain lead.

New brass faucets, fittings, and valves, including those advertised as “lead-free,” may contribute lead to drinking water. The law currently allows end-use brass fixtures, such as faucets, with up to 8% lead to be labeled as “lead-free.” Visit the National Sanitation Foundation Web site at www.nsf.org to learn more about lead-containing plumbing fixtures.

 

WHAT HAPPENED? 

WHAT IS BEING DONE?

 

Tap water monitoring results from our most recent monitoring study, which took place during September and October of 2012, revealed elevated lead levels in some homes/buildings in Paterson, Clifton, Passaic and Prospect Park. We are continuing our efforts to correct the problem such as:

 

·        Monitoring the system twice per year through voluntary public involvement in accordance with EPA/New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) requirements.

 

·        Replacing lead service lines, where at least 160 lead service lines were replaced in 2012.

 

·       Continuing to construct additional corrosion control treatment systems to reduce the potential of lead dissolving into the water.  These treatment systems will be phased in as a part of the finished water reservoir improvement project, where each phase will provide treatment to specific areas of the distribution system.  Once the reservoir improvement project is completed, the entire service area will receive corrosion control treatment.  This phased implementation schedule has been approved by the NJDEP.

 

Find out if your home plumbing has lead.

A licensed plumber can check to see if your home’s plumbing contains lead solder, lead pipes, or pipe fittings that contain lead.  The public water system that delivers water to your home should also maintain records of the materials located in the distribution system.

 

Find out whether your service line is made of lead. 

Determine whether or not the service line that connects your home or apartment to the water main is made of lead.  The best way to determine if your service line is made of lead is by either hiring a licensed plumber to inspect the line or by contacting the plumbing contractor who installed the line. You can identify the plumbing contractor by checking the city’s record of building permits which should be maintained in the files at your local building department.

 

If the service line that connects your dwelling to the water main contributes more than 15 ppb to drinking water, after our comprehensive treatment program is in place, we are required to replace the portion of the line we own.  If the line is only partially owned by Passaic Valley Water Commission, PVWC is required to provide the owner of the privately-owned portion of the line with information on how to replace the privately-owned portion of the service line, and offer to replace that portion of the line at the owner’s expense.

 

 If we replace only the portion of the line that we own, we also are required to notify you in advance and provide you with information on the steps you can take to minimize exposure to any temporary increase in lead levels that may result from the partial replacement; to take a follow-up sample at our expense from the line within 72 hours after the partial replacement; and to mail or otherwise provide you with the results of that sample within three business days of receiving the results. Acceptable replacement alternatives include copper, steel, iron, and plastic pipes.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

For more information, call us at 973-340-4300, email us at customerservice@pvwc.com or visit our website at http://www.pvwc.com. For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home/building and the health effects of lead, visit EPA’s website at http://www.epa.gov/lead or contact your health care provider.

 

Your family doctor or pediatrician can perform a blood test for lead and provide you with information about the health effects of lead.

 

Your local building/code department can provide you with information about building permit records that should contain the names of plumbing contractors that plumbed your home. 

Please call the following numbers:

Residents of Clifton:                                                                 Residents of Passaic:

Clifton Building Department at 973-470-5809                            Passaic Code Enforcement at 973-365-5549

Residents of Paterson & Prospect Park:

Paterson Building Department at 973-321-1232

 

 

 

For additional copies of this notice please call PVWC’s Customer Service department at 973-340- 4300 or email us at customerservice@pvwc.com.

 

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Passaic Valley Water Commission

PWS ID No. NJ1605002

December 2012

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NOTICE TO ALL PVWC CUSTOMERS

Possible Low Pressure and Discolored Water due to Main Break

Posted: November 16, 2012

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission currently has a 51” main break at Franklin Ave & Coppola St in Nutley.  Our crews are currently working to isolate the main break and will be making repairs.  Customers may experience lower pressures or discolored water anywhere in our distribution system including North Arlington, Harrison, Nutley and Lyndhurst. The water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.  Please call our customer service number at (973) 340-4300 if you have any questions or concerns.

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR CUSTOMERS OF 87 AND 89 SUMMER STREET, PATERSON

Posted: November 14, 2012

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission is providing notification that a water main break has occurred at 87 and 89 Summer Street in Paterson which has caused (some customers within our service area to be without water or to experience a significant loss of pressure.  A potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided to you currently exists.  As a precaution, we are implementing Boil Water Advisory until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory.

 

Effective immediately and until further notice, customers within the impacted service area are instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using for:

•             drinking,

•             preparing foods, washing vegetables and fruit,

•             cooking,

•             making ice cubes,

•             taking medications,

•             brushing teeth, and

•             mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks. 

 

Please continue to boil your water or use bottled water until you are notified that the water quality is satisfactory.

 

The following measures are also recommended:

•             Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if 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;

•             Provide pets with drinking water that has been boiled (and cooled).

 

Please be advised that we are working as quickly as possible to restore your water quality. 

 

This advisory will remain in effect until repairs are completed and testing shows the water quality to be safe.  You will be notified when the boil water advisory is lifted. 

 

Thank you for your patience.  If customers have any questions please contact Passaic Valley Water Commission at (973) 340-4300.

 

NOTICE TO ALL PVWC CUSTOMERS

Posted:  November 2, 2012

 

We would like to thank our customers for all their efforts in conserving water.  Your cooperation has been vital in helping us continue to provide water to the communities we serve during this crisis.  Please continue to conserve water until advised otherwise. 

 

We would also like to acknowledge the valiant efforts of our employees who have worked tirelessly during this crisis to safeguard your drinking water.

 

 

Governor Christie Signs Executive Order to Secure Water Supplies Across New Jersey in Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Posted:  November 1, 2012

Source: http://www.nj.gov/governor/news/news/552012/approved/20121101i.html

 

Trenton, NJ – Taking action to secure New Jersey’s water supplies while power restoration efforts continue at the state’s water supply facilities, Governor Chris Christie last night signed Executive Order 106, declaring a state of water emergency and authorizing the Department of Environmental Protection to implement water usage restrictions across the state. Ongoing power outages around the state have left some of the state’s water facilities operating on generators, bringing about the need for water conservation around the state as restoration efforts continue.

 

“We need to make sure our communities have access to clean water so that people can return to their homes and a sense of normalcy,” said Governor Christie. “The most important thing we can do right now for everyone is conserving water, while we restore power at our supply facilities and secure the supplies and availability of clean water to everyone who needs it. To that end, I’ve signed this executive order which establishes mandatory statewide water use restrictions to help ensure our water supplies are secure and we can help prevent a shortage. As a commonsense step, all of our residents should be mindful and conservative in the amount of water they are using while we get water back on and our water delivery systems completely secure.”

 

Executive Order 106 declares a state of water emergency resulting from the substantial damage of Hurricane Sandy, including significant disruption of the power generation necessary to maintain our State’s water supply. It also encourages cooperative efforts across the state to ensure sound water use, both inside and outside the home, will reduce consumption and thereby minimize the need for treatment and production that places additional strains on our State’s energy supply.

 

Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Bob Martin today signed an administrative order that provides specific details of the mandatory water statewide use restrictions, which takes effect immediately.

 

“Although the state’s water supplies are not directly threatened at this time, significant compromises to the energy supply in the wake of Hurricane Sandy may negatively affect the ability to maintain the water supply network across the state dictating the need for all New Jersey residents to conserve water to the maximum extent possible,’’ said Commissioner Martin. “While this order details specific water use restrictions and prohibitions, every resident, visitor and business is urged to pitch in immediately reduce water consumption until we get past this critical situation. We need full and immediate cooperation.’’

 

The Administrative Order includes the following water use restrictions, prohibitions and exemptions:

·       All indoor water use, including showers, baths and domestic cleaning, must be conducted with minimum amounts of water;

·       Non-essential outdoor water use is prohibited;

·       Watering of grass, lawns and landscapes is prohibited except for newly sodded or seeded areas done by professional landscapers or immediately following a commercial application of fertilizer, pesticide or herbicides; minimum amount of water should be used during these applications;

·       Use of water for washing paved surfaces, such as streets, sidewalks, driveways, garages, parking lots and patios is prohibited;

·       Outdoor use of water for ornamental or aesthetic purposes, including fountains, artificial waterfalls, and reflecting pools is prohibited, except to preserve or support wildlife

·       Use of water for municipal street sweeping is allowed only with non-potable water and with minimal use necessary;

·       Use of water for power washing of buildings is prohibited except for commercial enterprises engaged in power washing, and with minimum water use;

·       Car and truck washing, except for emergency vehicles, is prohibited;

·       Commercial car washing is allowed but with reduced rinse cycles and use of recycled water for pre-rinsing of vehicles;

·       Cars and trucks at dealerships may only be washed just prior to delivery, with wash time limited to three minutes;

·       Serving of water in restaurants, clubs, or other eating establishments is prohibited unless specifically requested by patrons.

Copies of the Governor’s Executive Order 106 and DEP Commissioner Bob Martin’s Administrative Order can be found as a PDF attachment to this release.

 

 

NOTICE TO ALL PVWC CUSTOMERS

Posted:  October 30, 2012

 

Due to the electronic power situation, Passaic Valley Water Commission is asking every customer to conserve water – only use water for cooking, personal cleaning and medical needs.  Avoid cleaning sidewalks, cars and non-essential items until further notice.

 

There is no need to boil water.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call our customer service number at (973) 340-4300.

 

 

NOTICE TO ALL CUSTOMERS

Possible Low Pressure and Discolored Water

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission will be assisting United Water - Jersey City as they embark on a major pipeline rehabilitation project.  Their project is scheduled to last from October 22, 2012 through November 20, 2012.  During this time period, the Passaic Valley Water Commission will be supplying Jersey City with 25 million gallons of water per day.  The higher flow rates may result in lower pressures or discolored water anywhere in our distribution system. 

 

All customers are advised that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call our customer service number at (973) 340-4300.

 

 

NOTICE TO ALL CUSTOMERS

Possible Discolored Water & Low Pressure

Posted:  October 15, 2012

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission will be performing electrical maintenance work at our Little Falls Water Treatment Plant that may impact customers within our system.  The work is scheduled for October 18, 2012.  During this period of time, your water will be supplied through other sources.  This may produce discolored water or lower pressure at any time during the work period.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS

CITIES OF PASSAIC, CLIFTON AND PATERSON

POSSIBLE DISCOLORED WATER AND LOW PRESSURE

Posted:  August 30, 2012

 

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission will be performing repairs on a water transmission main at various locations along Clifton Avenue from Van Houten Avenue to Paulison Avenue in Clifton that primarily services the cities of Clifton and Passaic.  Please note that parking and access may be restricted for limited times at these locations.

 

This work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 4, 2012 and is anticipated to be completed on or about Friday, September 28, 2012. During this period of time, your water will be supplied through other transmission mains.  This may produce discolored water and lowered water pressure at any time during the work period.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

PLEASE WATCH YOUR STEP

 

Our Contractor must dig in the street in order to make repairs to the water transmission mains. Please watch your step and ask your children not to play in the work areas.

 

INCONVENINECE IS TEMPORARY – IMPROVEMENT IS PERMANENT

 

We understand that this project may cause some inconvenience. We will make every effort to minimize the disturbance and will work closely with local police and officials to reduce traffic problems.

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS

 

Please call our customer service number at (973) 340-4300 during regular working hours. During off hours and on the weekends, please call our contractor’s emergency contact number at 973-460-9595.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. These improvements will help us to continue to give you dependable water service.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PASSAIC VALLEY WATER COMMISSION

NOTICE OF FLUSHING OF WATER MAINS

Posted:  July 9, 2012

 

 

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve service to our customers, the Passaic Valley Water Commission will continue its Valve Maintenance and Flushing Program in the section of Clifton and Passaic that is bounded by Passaic Avenue, Main Avenue, River Road and Kingsland Street.

 

Water mains will be flushed on consecutive days, beginning July 16, 2012, and is anticipated to be completed in about 2 weeks.

 

The water mains will be flushed weekdays between the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.. There may be some unavoidable water discoloration and low pressure at any time during the 2-week flushing period.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

 

 

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission

High Crest Public Water System

PWS ID#1615003

Posted:  June 28, 2012

 

Thursday June 28, 2012 BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFT NOTICE FOR the CUSTOMER of High Crest Public Water System resident at 92 High Crest Drive The Boil Water Advisory was lifted on Wednesday June 27, 2012 for the remaining of High Crest Service area.  

 

Customers of High Crest PWS were notified on 06/26/2012 of a possible problem with the drinking water due to a water main break and were advised to boil the tap water before using as a precautionary measure.  We are pleased to report that the repairs have been completed and subsequent water quality testing shows the water quality to be safe.

 

THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS LIFTED and it is no longer necessary to boil your water before using.  The following measures are strongly encouraged at this time:

 

•             Run your water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main.

•             Empty and clean your automatic ice makers and water chillers.

•             Drain and refill your 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).

 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission (973) 340-4300.

 

You may also visit our web site at http://www.pvwc.com for further information.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission

High Crest Public Water System

PWS ID#1615003

Posted:  June 27, 2012

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY LIFT NOTICE FOR CUSTOMERS of High Crest Public Water System except for residents at 92 High Crest Drive.   

Until further notification from PVWC, residents at 92 High Crest Drive will need to continue to follow the boil water advisory.

 

Customers of High Crest PWS were notified on 06/26/2012 of a possible problem with the drinking water due to a water main break and were advised to boil the tap water before using as a precautionary measure.  We are pleased to report that the repairs have been completed and subsequent water quality testing shows the water quality to be safe.

 

THE BOIL WATER ADVISORY IS LIFTED and it is no longer necessary to boil your water before using.  The following measures are strongly encouraged at this time:

 

•             Run your water faucets for 3-5 minutes to flush your service connection and interior plumbing with water from the service main.

•             Empty and clean your automatic ice makers and water chillers.

•             Drain and refill your 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).

 

We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience.  If you have any questions or comments, please contact Passaic Valley Water Commission (973) 340-4300.

 

You may also visit our web site at http://www.pvwc.com for further information.

 

 

BOIL WATER ADVISORY FOR CUSTOMERS OF HIGH CREST – WEST MILFORD

Posted:  June 26, 2012

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission is providing notification that a water main break has occurred at High Crest Drive and Hearthstone Drive, which has caused some customers within our service area to be without water or to experience a significant loss of pressure. A potential or actual threat to the quality of water being provided to you currently exists.  As a precaution, we are implementing a system wide or limited Boil Water Advisory until testing of the water supply is deemed satisfactory.

 

Effective immediately and until further notice, customers within the impacted area *High Crest are instructed to bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow the tap water to cool before using for:

·                 drinking,

·                 preparing foods, washing vegetables and fruit,

·                 cooking,

·                 making ice cubes,

·                 taking medications,

·                 brushing teeth and,

·                 mixing baby formula, food, juices or drinks.

 

Please continue to boil your water or use bottled water until you are notified by Passaic Valley Water Commission that the water quality is satisfactory.

 

The following measures are also recommended:

·                 Throw away uncooked food or beverages or ice cubes if 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;

·                 Provide pets with drinking water that has been boiled (and cooled).

 

Please be advised that we are working as quickly as possible to restore your water quality.

 

This advisory will remain in effect until repairs are completed and testing shows the water quality to be safe.  You will be notified when the boil water advisory is lifted.

 

Thank you for your patience.  If customers have any questions please contact:  Passaic Valley Water Commission (973) 340-4300. 

 

ATTENTION PVWC CUSTOMERS

Posted June 22, 2012

 

Customers in the area of Brook Avenue and River Street, Passaic will experience poor pressure, discolored water and or no water due to an extreme main break.

 

PVWC expects this issue to be resolved by June 23, 2012.  Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

PASSAIC VALLEY WATER COMMISSION

NOTICE OF FLUSHING OF WATER MAINS IN NORTH ARLINGTON

Posted June 1, 2012

 

As part of our ongoing efforts to improve service to our customers, the Passaic Valley Water Commission will continue its Valve Maintenance and Flushing Program in the Borough of North Arlington in an area bounded by Ridge Road, River Road, Belleville Turnpike, and Jauncey Avenue.

 

Water mains will be flushed on consecutive days, beginning June 18, 2012. Flushing is anticipated to be completed by June 22, 2012.

 

The water mains will be flushed weekdays between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M.. There may be some unavoidable water discoloration and low pressure at any time during the 1-week flushing period.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission regrets any inconvenience this may cause its customers.

 

 

 

 

 

PASSAIC VALLEY WATER COMMISSION

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS

CITIES OF PASSAIC, CLIFTON AND PATERSON

POSSIBLE DISCOLORED WATER AND LOW PRESSURE

Posted May 23, 2012

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission will be performing repairs on water transmission mains at various locations along Clifton Avenue from Third Street to Fornelius Avenue in Clifton that primarily services the cities of Clifton and Passaic.  Please note that parking and access may be restricted for limited times at these locations.

 

This work is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, May 29, 2012 and is anticipated to be completed on or about Friday, June 8, 2012. During this period of time, your water will be supplied through other transmission mains.  This may produce discolored water and lowered water pressure at any time during the work period.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

PLEASE WATCH YOUR STEP

 

Our Contractor must dig in the street in order to make repairs to the water transmission mains. Please watch your step and ask your children not to play in the work areas.

 

INCONVENINECE IS TEMPORARY – IMPROVEMENT IS PERMANENT

 

We understand that this project may cause some inconvenience. We will make every effort to minimize the disturbance and will work closely with local police and officials to reduce traffic problems.

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS

 

Please call our customer service number at (973) 340-4300 during regular working hours. During off hours and on the weekends, please call our contractor’s emergency contact number at 973-460-9595.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. These improvements will help us to continue to give you dependable water service.

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Third Total Trihalomethanes Maximum Contaminant Level Violation for

Passaic Valley Water Commission-High Crest Public Water System

High Crest Lake Community, West Milford, NJ

Posted April 17, 2012

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission-High Crest (PVWC-High Crest) Public Water System recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation.

 

The PVWC-High Crest Public Water System is supplied potable water that is purchased from the Butler Water Department. The Butler Water Department operates a surface water treatment plant that produces potable water from the Kakeout Reservoir.

 

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants, including disinfection byproducts such as total trihalomethanes (TTHM).  The Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for TTHM is 80 µg/L (one µg/L is approximately one part per billion). Compliance with the MCL is based on a running annual average (RAA). The RAA is calculated by averaging all samples collected in the system for the past 12 months. The RAA for the 1st quarter of 2012 was equal to 87 µg/L which exceeds the MCL. This is the third consecutive MCL exceedance for this water system. The MCL was also exceeded in the 3rd quarter of 2011, where the RAA was equal to 81 µg/L and in the 4th quarter of 2011 where the RAA was equal to 89 µg/L.  The RAA still exceeds the MCL because it includes data collected in the earlier part of the current twelve month monitoring period.  The most recent monthly TTHM level was 53 µg/L, measured in March of 2012 which is well below the standard of 80 µg/L.

 

What should I do?

§ There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.

§ If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.

 

What does this mean?

·       This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours.

·       TTHMs are four volatile organic chemicals which form when chlorine reacts with natural organic matter in the water.

·       Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

 

What is being done?

 

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Department at 973-340-4300 or customerservice@pvwc.com.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

This notice is being sent to you by PVWC-High Crest – Public Water System ID No. NJ1615003        

Date distributed: April 15, 2012

 

 

NOTICE TO RESIDENTS CITIES OF PASSAIC, CLIFTON AND PATERSON

POSSIBLE DISCOLORED WATER AND LOW PRESSURE

Posted April 5, 2012

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission will be performing repairs on water transmission mains at the intersection of Clifton Avenue and Main Avenue in Clifton that primarily services the cities of Clifton and Passaic.  Please note that parking and access may be restricted for limited times at this location.

 

This work is scheduled to begin on Monday, April 9, 2012 and is anticipated to be completed on or about Friday, April 20, 2012. During this period of time, your water will be supplied through other transmission mains.  This may produce discolored water and lowered water pressure at any time during the work period.

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission assures all customers that the water will be safe for use during this period; however, customers are cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

PLEASE WATCH YOUR STEP

 

Our Contractor must dig in the street in order to make repairs to the water transmission mains. Please watch your step and ask your children not to play in the work areas.

 

INCONVENINECE IS TEMPORARY – IMPROVEMENT IS PERMANENT

 

We understand that this project may cause some inconvenience. We will make every effort to minimize the disturbance and will work closely with local police and officials to reduce traffic problems.

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS

 

Please call our customer service number at (973) 340-4300 during regular working hours. During off hours and on the weekends, please call our contractor’s emergency contact number at 973-464-4350.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. These improvements will help us to continue to give you dependable water service.

 

 

 

NOTICE TO PASSAIC CUSTOMERS

Posted March 22, 2012

 

 

The Passaic Valley Water Commission is committed to providing our customers with high quality water and service. As part of our on-going improvement program, we are cleaning, lining, testing and disinfecting approximately 21,700 linear feet of 6-inch, 8-inch and 12-inch diameter water mains along Burgess Place, Summer Street, Myrtle Avenue, Harrison Street, Passaic Street, Market Street, Third Street, Sixth Street and South Street.  Please note that parking and access may be restricted for limited times at these locations.

 

The work will be performed in phases and it will take approximately 240 days to complete the entire project. We will make every effort to maintain your normal water service at all times. If your property is connected to the water main being replaced, you will receive water service through a temporary main.

 

Water service to all customers will be maintained throughout the project and will be safe for use. There may be, however, some unavoidable water discoloration and low pressure at any time during the project period. Customers are therefore cautioned to determine if the water is clear before washing clothes (or any other processing) as staining may occur.

 

PLEASE WATCH YOUR STEP

 

Our Contractor must dig in the street in order to install the underground water mains. Temporary mains will also be run along the curb. Please watch your step and ask your children not to play in the work areas.

 

INCONVENINECE IS TEMPORARY – IMPROVEMENT IS PERMANENT

 

We understand that this project may cause some inconvenience. We will make every effort to minimize the disturbance and will work closely with local police and officials to reduce traffic problems.

 

IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS

 

Please call our customer service number at (973) 340-4300 during regular working hours. During off hours and on the weekends, please call our contractor’s emergency contact number at 201-206-1794.

 

Thank you for your patience and cooperation. These improvements will help us to continue to give you dependable water service.

 

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Second Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) MCL Violation at

Passaic Valley Water Commission-High Crest Public Water System

High Crest Lake Community, West Milford, NJ

Posted December 23, 2011

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission-High Crest (PVWC-High Crest) Public Water System recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation.

 

The PVWC-High Crest Public Water System is supplied potable water that is purchased from the Butler Water Department. The Butler Water Department operates a surface water treatment plant that produces potable water from the Kakeout Reservoir.

 

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results from January 2011 – December 2011 show that our system exceeds the standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for TTHM for the 4th quarter of 2011. The standard for TTHM is 80 µg/L (one µg/L is approximately one part per billion) and is based on a running annual average which is determined by averaging all samples collected by our system for the last 12 months. The level of TTHM averaged at our system for January 2011 – December 2011 was 89 µg/L. You were notified in our October 27, 2011 mailing that the TTHM MCL was also exceeded for the 3rd quarter of 2011.  

 

What should I do?

§ There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.

§ If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.

 

What does this mean?

·       This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours.

·       TTHM are four volatile organic chemicals which form when chlorine reacts with natural organic matter in the water.

·       Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

                                                                                                                                         

What is being done?

We are working with a professional engineering firm to assist us in evaluating methods to reduce the TTHM within the High Crest Public Water System.

 

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Department at 973-340-4300 or customerservice@pvwc.com.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

This notice is being sent to you by PVWC-High Crest – Public Water System ID No. NJ1615003        

Date distributed: December 27, 2011

 

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR DRINKING WATER

Total Trihalomethanes (TTHM) MCL Violation at

Passaic Valley Water Commission-High Crest Public Water System

High Crest Lake Community, West Milford, NJ

Posted: October 25, 2011

 

 

Passaic Valley Water Commission-High Crest (PVWC-High Crest) Public Water System recently violated a drinking water standard. Although this incident was not an emergency, as our customers, you have a right to know what happened and what we are doing to correct this situation.

 

We routinely monitor for the presence of drinking water contaminants. Testing results from October 2010 – September 2011 show that our system exceeds the standard, or maximum contaminant level (MCL), for TTHM. The standard for TTHM is 80 ug/L and is based on a running annual average which is determined by averaging all samples collected by our system for the last 12 months. The level of TTHM averaged at our system for October 2010 – September 2011 was 81 ug/L.

 

What should I do?

 

§ There is nothing you need to do. You do not need to boil your water or take other corrective actions. If a situation arises where the water is no longer safe to drink, you will be notified within 24 hours.

 

§ If you have a severely compromised immune system, have an infant, are pregnant, or are elderly, you may be at increased risk and should seek advice from your health care providers about drinking this water.

 

What does this mean?

 

This is not an emergency. If it had been an emergency, you would have been notified within 24 hours.

 

TTHM are four volatile organic chemicals which form when disinfectants react with natural organic matter in the water.

 

Some people who drink water containing trihalomethanes in excess of the MCL over many years may experience problems with their liver, kidneys, or central nervous system, and may have an increased risk of getting cancer.

                                                                                                                  

 What is being done?

We are working with a professional engineering firm to assist us in evaluating methods to reduce the TTHM within the distribution system. These methods include a review of the water treatment process and disinfection practices to determine if the process can be further optimized for TTHM reduction. Other potential methods that will be evaluated include options for the physical removal of the TTHM. We will be establishing an implementation schedule for the necessary improvements to resolve this issue as quickly as possible.

 

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Department at 973-340-4300 or customerservice@pvwc.com.

 

Please share this information with all the other people who drink this water, especially those who may not have received this notice directly (for example, people in apartments, nursing homes, schools, and businesses). You can do this by posting this notice in a public place or distributing copies by hand or mail.

 

This notice is being sent to you by PVWC-High Crest – Public Water System ID No. NJ1615003        

Date distributed: November 3, 2011

 

 

IMPOSTER REPAIRMEN SCAMS

Residents are urged to protect themselves against thieves posing as a water repairman:  Always ask to see credentials from anyone trying to enter your house, but beware that burglars posing as utility workers sometimes carry fake identification. 

 

Make sure repairmen are driving a utility-company vehicle before you allow them in your house.  When in doubt, call the police before letting anyone in your home.