Jersey City Under Boil Water Advisory After Positive E. Coli Test

Kristie Keleshian
August 15, 2020 - 12:55 pm
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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (WCBS 880) -- Jersey City issued a boil water advisory through at least Saturday evening after E. coli was detected in the city’s water system.

Samples of water tested positive for E. coli on Tuesday, but residents were told about the boil water advisory on Friday. The advisory is expected to last until 5 p.m. Saturday.

“As we work through testing citywide, out of an abundance of caution all Jersey City residents are asked to boil water for consumption now through 5 p.m. Saturday 8/15,” the city tweeted.

SUEZ Water tweeted Saturday morning that “the boil water advisory is still in effect for the entire city. We will continue to provide updates until we can confirm there is no longer a need to boil your water before consumption.”

Charles Muniz has been living in Jersey City for the past 21 years. He told WCBS 880 he normally gets a call from the city about boil water advisories, but this time he found out about it on Twitter, where people were outraged about the lack of communication.

“It’s just unfortunate that there are a lot of elderly people that live around here, and they should let them know when something like this occurs,” Muniz said.

He said he doesn’t plan to even drink boiled water in the city.

“I don’t even trust it,” he said.