This is a press release from Bloomfield Township. Press releases are official statements that have not been independently verified.

Due to a water main break on the City of Newark supply line in Belleville this morning, the Township of Bloomfield has issued an Emergency Announcement declaring a boil water advisory.

“I want to assure residents that we are testing and retesting the water supply system as often as possible and we haven’t detected the presence of any contaminants such as e-coli or fecal coliform. Until the situation is resolved, the township will continue to sample and re-sample the water to verify that these contaminants have not been introduced into the potable water system,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “As in other water breaks of this nature, where water pressure or service is either low or non-existent, all water used for consumption, brushing teeth and washing dishes should be boiled for at least 1 minute before use until further notice and use of bottled water is encouraged.”

Around 8 AM Tuesday morning, a 72-inch water main broke in Branch Brook Park on the border of Newark and neighboring Belleville, wreaking havoc in New Jersey’s largest city and nearby communities. Both Belleville and Newark water departments are working to contain the problem, and the Newark Office of Emergency Management is asking neighboring cities for help to supply water tankers while repairs are being made.

Bloomfield residents can find further information on the township website, or by calling the water department at 973-680-4009. The township will also continue to update residents through their website: their Cable TV Channels 35 on Comcast and 30 on FIOS, and through further telephone announcements.