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22 Shore Towns Under Water Emergency

At a press conference at Wolf Hill Recreation Area in Oceanport, Gov. Chris Christie said full water service should be restored by July 4th.

Full water service to Monmouth County residents isn't expected until July 4th, with temporary service being restored in the next two days, Gov. Chris Christie .

Christie, on hand to discuss the broken water main that resulted in a water shortage and boil-water advisory for 22 Monmouth County towns with New Jersey American Water and county officials, asked all county residents to conserve water and warned that authorities will be on the lookout for those using water for non-essential purposes. 

"This is about the lousiest time of the year this could possibly happen," Christie told the assembled crowd of reporters and county officials. "Often times these problems happen when we least want them to happen. We can get through the next two days effectively using all of the folks that we have if you help by conserving water. And so please, do not be watering your lawns, do not be watering your plants, don't be filling your pools, don't be doing that stuff for the next 48 hours at least. And for those in the 22 towns I read off, please make sure you're boiling your water."

A at around 12:45 p.m. Friday at Swimming River Reservoir causing water outages in parts of Monmouth County and affecting the residents of several towns directly. The collapse occurred at NJAW's Swimming River Water Treatment Plant in Tinton Falls.

Residents of Middletown, Aberdeen, Highlands, Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver, Oceanport, Sea Bright, Tinton Falls, Holmdel, Shrewsbury, Long Branch, Eatontown, West Long Branch, Deal, Allenhurst, Loch Arbor, Neptune, Monmouth Beach, Lake Como, and Shrewsbury and Ocean Townships are under a boil-water advisory. Water should be brought to a rolling boil and left to boil for at least a minute before it is safe to consume, officials said.

All county residents have been asked to conserve water following the county's decision to declare a . 

NJAW is currently installing temporary pipes at the site of the water main break to restore partial service, though Christie said the capacity will only be about five to seven million gallons of water a day instead of the 40 million gallons of water that typically pass through the water main. Replacement pipes are on their way to New Jersey from a foundry in Alabama, Christie said, and should arrive within the next 24 hours.

When asked why NJAW went to Alabama to find its replacement pipes, Christie said the specific type of pipe needed for the repair are especially rare. Other options more local to the state don't exist.

Christie the boil-water advisory could be lifted for most residents currently affected within the next couple of days before full service is restored by Wednesday. Some towns likely won't see water restrictions lifted at all until that time because of their elevation. 

Still, Christie said the county's residents can help aid the process by conserving water.

"If we can keep water consumption at normal, daily levels we'll be able to get through this crisis with very little interruption, except for the folks in the more elevated part of Monmouth County in the north eastern part," Christie said. "If we have people using water on the outside it's going to cause a real problem for us over the next 24 to 48 hours while the folks at New Jersey American Water are working to fix this problem."

Christie also joked that while many of the New Jersey'ss residents are "ready to become criminals" by shooting off fireworks in a state where they are banned, that Monmouth County residents think twice. The high heat, combined with less than adequate water availability poses a significant risk.

Christie declined to speculate on the cause of the water main break or if it was the result of damage incurred during Hurricane Irene last summer. The Board of Public Utilities will be conducting an investigation, he said. 

Sir July 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Red - I think we was calling me out not you :). Nonetheless, we've seen littile of the "Hope and Change" from the community organizer, other than his focus on penalizing successful people and rewarding those who pay no federal income taxes - some in the form of the $14 billion he doled out inadvertently - or, was it realy inadvertent?
rtrux July 12, 2012 at 02:18 AM
sir, that accusation is bogus, as i noted above...here's my comment again: according to the reports, a large part of the fault and mispayment comes from the states, not the federal government. also, it says "The overpayment typically results from an administrative error made either by the government, the employer, the worker or a combination of the three." while the federal government can certainly always get better at its job, when viewed objectively it's unfair to blame president obama for screw ups on the state level, and for errors made by the employer and worker.
Sir July 12, 2012 at 04:27 AM
You can't have it both ways. A simple yes or now answer please. Is the federal government in any way culpable for the mismanagement of a portion of the $14 Billion dollars that was sent to people who should not have received the payments?
rtrux July 12, 2012 at 12:32 PM
and you can't make up your own rules for how questions can be answered fairly. the report says a large part of the mismanagement happens on the state level, and that a degree of fault is also employers and workers who make errors on forms. in other words, an objective view of the situation is that states, workers and employers are largely at fault, the federal government much less so. i realize this doesn't conform to your narrative and that you will dismiss it anyway, but those are the facts.
Ed July 17, 2012 at 02:19 PM
You would think that the Fed Gov't would perform a spot audit on how and where the $14B was being spent. I did gov't contract work for years (nowhere near $14B) yet there was typically a quarterly audit on makiing sure the allocation was being correctly used.

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