A chemical spill Sunday in the Delaware River near Bristol, PA caused NJ American Water to issue an emergency conserve water notice.
New Jersey American Water is asking residents in Morristown, Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties, to voluntarily reduce unnecessary water usage for the next 24 to 48 hours following a chemical spill in a Delaware River tributary. The spill occurred early Saturday morning at a manufacturing plant in Bristol, Pennsylvania.
New Jersey American Water President Mark McDonough assured customers that the treated water from the Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant has not been impacted by the chemical spill. The company has been monitoring the source water and conducting water quality tests at various points throughout the treatment process and distribution system.
"The health and safety of our customers is our top priority," said McDonough. "We will continue to monitor the source water and provide updates if we receive additional information or there are any developments."
The company has activated its business continuity plans to maintain safe and reliable service to customers in the affected three-county region. The voluntary water conservation notice aims to ensure the optimal operation of the Delaware River Regional Water Treatment Plant.
Customers in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties are being asked to limit non-essential water use until further notice. Notifications are being sent through the company’s customer notification system, and updates will be posted on the company’s website at www.newjerseyamwater.com under Alerts, and on social media channels, @njamwater.
For more information and tips on how to conserve water, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com.
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