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Boil Water Advisory Issued After Main Breaks

Residents who live east of Alps Road and east of Berdan Avenue affected by incident.

Officials have issued a boil water notice for part of town after a water main broke on Hamburg Turnpike Tuesday.

The township issued the notice on its website and placed a reverse 911 call to residents Tuesday night.

The Wayne Township Division of Water is advising residents who live east of Alps Road and East of Berdan Avenue to boil their tap water before drinking or cooking with it as a safety precaution.

The water main is located near Valley Road. The pressure in the main has decreased due to the break.

Failure to follow the advisory could result in stomach or intestinal illness, the noticed stated.

Water should be boiled for at least one minute before using.

Repair crews were working on the water main Tuesday night. There were significant traffic delays on Valley and Ratzer Roads and the surrounding roadways. Police directed traffic at detours on Valley Road Tuesday night.

The township said that would inform residents when tests show that no bacteria are present in the water and it is safe to use and consume water without boiling it first.

The townshp anticipates the restriction to be lifted by Thursday.

Heather Vitz-Del Rio, superintendent of water and sewer for the township, could not be reached for comment.

For more information, call the division of water at 973-694-5090.

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Nose Wayne August 29, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Thank God nothing else happened, robbery,ambulance needed,fire ? Have lived in this town all my life and have NEVER seen such a mass confusion of traffic than I witnessed today. Church Lane was backed up in both directions from Hamburg Turnpike to Ratzer Road. The police car sitting at Hamburg Turnpike and Church Lane didn't direct traffic so when the traffic light changed ,everyone sat there until the light changed ? DAH, the Turnpike was CLOSED !!!Get out of your $140,000 job and direct traffic.
Flood Plain August 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM
You expect a doughnut eating cop to get out his AC car and perform police functions and get traffic moving when the ambient temperature is above 65 degrees ? IN WAYNE? Please, take a reality pill regarding the over compensated Wayne civil "SERVANTS' " productivity.
Flood Plain August 29, 2012 at 12:55 AM
see above
Nose Wayne August 29, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Thank God know body in that area had their house catch fire or needed an ambulance.Could have had a robbery at a store and nobody would be able to get there.
georgeg August 29, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Hero one day, bum the next....come on citizenry....
anita pucino August 29, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I defence of the Wayne police dept. the officer directing traffic when I passed though Church and Ratzer at approx 6:30 was doing an excellent job!
stewart pidd August 29, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Great "article." Rearranged the lines in the press release and call it NEWS? Save yourself the trouble and just print the notice the Township posted. Things you could have found out despite the fact that the superintendent didn't call back -- -- what caused it? it was in the area of the construction -- was that the cause? -- what was the size and age of the main? this often contributes to breaks, especially when "tapped" by construction equipment. -- How are residents dealing with it? People in this town are NEVER short on opinions. My wife was at the shop rite at about 5 and there was a "run" on bottled water. She said it was like the day before a snowstorm when everyone runs out to by milk, toilet paper, and eggs. I'm all for volunteer editors, but getting the 4 "W's" and the "H" from a public notice is plagiarism, not journalism.
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Stewart, The DPW office closes at 3:30. The notice was issued shortly before then. I called the appropriate contact and she was not available. What am I supposed to do, not put up anything? I'm not a volunteer editor either.
Joygarden August 29, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Stop picking on Dan. At least we got the info from him! You could not find it on the town website or on Channel 77 in the evening. Finally, something was posted on 77. I was already into preparing dinner when the call came in. I had already experienced the terrible traffic much earlier than the phone call finally came in. Had already used the water for many things after I got home. Do we really need $$9 million jughandles anyway?? Talk about a waste of taxpayer money!!!! Just pave the roads we have!!
bambi August 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM
AMEN!!!!!!! Also how long to finish?????????? 2 years???? most times i pass there they are all talking not much work going on. Guess coffee break time!! What happened to the spot they started tearing up across from shoprite then they just left it a mess???Guess they finally figured maybe we should finish one thing at a time before we make a mess and i mean a mess especially when raining...... oh i cant wait for the snow.... that could be their other excuses.......get on with it finish what you started....now that school is starting we can all expect the area to be a zooooooo!!!!!!!!!
Bobtwo August 29, 2012 at 01:06 PM
When I worked in private industry and we had an emergency we stayed at our desk/office until the problem was resolved. Some one should have been available to answer questions and give advice. If you were a manager it was required. These people are making to much money not to be responsible.
wyldthang18 August 29, 2012 at 03:39 PM
No hard feelings for Dan he's just making sure we are informed. How about saying something about the towns offices. Why do they get to close at 3:30? What happened to 9-5?
Brad August 29, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Dan does a great job, you didnt say anything in the local papers about the robberies, you had to come here. And the wayne police were directing traffic. Did someone take a picture, LOL? who was manning the speed trap on 23?
Daniel Hubbard (Editor) August 29, 2012 at 05:33 PM
It's funny that you mention that speed trap on 23, Brad. Cops from every local town just wait for vehicles in that corridor, especially late at night, to speed. I guess they get results.
Nancy Mack August 29, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Cops directing traffic or not.; water main break as a result of construction or old age.. none of that matters. The world does not revolve for the convenience of every single person. Stuff happens, we have to deal with it. We were provided with the right information by a responsible journalist from the only available resource (Thank you Dan) and a reverse 911 call. I wasn't home to get mine so I heard by word of mouth. The point is, everyone did their job, The alerts are out before there could be an outbreak of typhus (go ahead and laugh, it isn't all that long ago that that was a very real possibility). and life moved smoothly on with the inconvenience of a traffic snarl up and boiling water. I was stuck in the same traffic "nightmare" a couple of weeks ago. A power line on Alps road was down and traffic was diverted down McDonald to Valley where you could ONLY make a right and back up Nellis where you could only make a left... For two hours, I crept along late for my appointment. I had my cell phone and was able to let ppl know what was going on with me and I had my radio for company. By the time that I got home, it was nothing more than an inconvenience and a topic of conversation.
Alice August 30, 2012 at 02:12 PM
I have to say I actually enjoy all this construction ! all you people who come home from work at the end of the day and blast your horns at the corner of Valley and Hamburg do NOT do that since there are police officers right in front of your face. So as strange as it may sound It is actually quiet around here for a change. I always said I would like to get your license plate and sit in front of your house and blast my car horn. Please just because someone did not move fast enough.

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