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Water Restored, Safe to Drink on Barrier Island

'Do Not Consume' warning lifted

Barrier island residents who are customers of New Jersey American Water can once again use their home's water supply for drinking and cooking.

The company announced Thursday that a "Do Not Consume" order had been lifted after testing showed the water was safe to drink.

"The Do Not Consume order has been lifted for all New Jersey American Water customers, as results of water quality testing have confirmed that water quality meets drinking water standards," NJAW said in a statement Thursday night.

Barrier island residents, who are expected to be able to return to their homes on a permanent basis Jan. 7, are being advised to run their water faucets for three to five minutes to thoroughly flush their homes' pipes.

Customers should also empty and clean automatic ice makers, drain and refill hot water heaters that are set below 113 degrees, and recharge water softeners and cartridges.

Water is now safe to drink in:

  • All of Brick Twp.
  • All of Toms River Twp. (including Chadwick Beach and Normandy Beach)
  • Lavallette Boro (New Jersey American Water customers only)
  • Mantoloking Boro
  • Ortley Beach
  • Pelican Island (Previously lifted December 19, 2012)
SB Girl December 28, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Has the TR MUA completed their work with the sewer system?
walter December 28, 2012 at 01:19 PM
So.... Seaside Heights and south?
Jane Ridolfi December 28, 2012 at 01:56 PM
Bay Head?
Peter S December 28, 2012 at 02:29 PM
Glad we can drink it in Ortley Beach, too bad we can't move in. There is no plan in place to repopulate Ortley residents.
Daniel Nee (Editor) December 28, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Bay Head has already been cleared for normal use.
John December 28, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Ortley Beach.............. No reentry, no electric, no use, no taxes?
Jim Fox December 28, 2012 at 03:20 PM
We have had a utility pole in our parking lot since the storm with a trasformer connected to it. This has hampered our clean up effort for two months and we have had no help from JCPL even after a dozen calls. The address is 1901 Bay Blvd. Ortley beach.Our patience are running thin
Peter S December 28, 2012 at 03:34 PM
In case you haven't seen this article, there are no plans: http://tomsriver.patch.com/articles/early-jan-utilities-meeting-expected-to-shed-light-on-ortley-repopulation-schedule?track_event=view-follow-up.3041886#comment_5882353
Pat S. December 28, 2012 at 03:42 PM
Even if every utility in Ortley is up and running, it is doubtful that we will be able to "repopulate" our homes since Toms River apparently has no concrete plan to let us back.
OB realtor December 28, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Its great that everyone else can celebrate moving home except for ortley. I am happy for everyone else but homelessness is really taking a toll on my family members! They need to tend to their ortley homes too.
Patti K December 28, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Once utilities are on and functioning, I don't need permission from TR to live in my home period!
suz December 28, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Yikes! I would not drink the water if they paid me! Bring your own when you go over the bridge.
Peter S December 28, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Patti K- TR may require a new CO.
Candice December 28, 2012 at 09:39 PM
today we went to get permits demolish our house in ortley to find out that whether we fix what's there or completely rebuild they're requiring it to be raised ten feet or flood insurance goes from 3000 a year to over 30000 a year and no homes are being grandfathered in...the insurance company only pays a max of 25000...so we'd have to pay more for a year of insurance than they'd even pay out...unfortunately with a mortgage we're trapped into keeping flood insurance...it's ironic too...just before all this we were remodeling getting ready to sell for a bigger house with 3 kids and only 2 small bedrooms...now we can't even sell it for enough to pay off what's left of the mortgage if anyone would even buy...what I would give for my family to have our tiny house back as opposed to sleeping on a concrete floor in a cold basement with my kids...but it doesn't look like rebuilding is possible at this point...insurance company will only pay for water damage, which was very little and fema won't help with anything being there wasn't enough damage .and they've deemed it habitable..it's all become a big catch 22...all I want is to go home but there's no way we can afford flood insurance that costs 5x the amount of our mortgage plus Tom's rivers insane property taxes when we have no idea when we can even return to our properties...
Ditzzeechick December 28, 2012 at 11:19 PM
When I moved to NJ shore I looked at homes on the water. I knew that if flood insurance were required (which it was not for the homes I viewed) or there were a major storm that I was not in a position to replace the bulkhead or the small rancher on the property if they were damaged. I'm sorry to see dreams destroyed but I think Sandy will serve as a good lesson for anyone considering moving into a "shore" home. If you don't have the resources to replace EVERYTHING don't move on or near the water. The insurance companies will never help, ask all of the people in Florida and on the Gulf coast who were hit with huge flood insurance invoices after Katrina hit.
anthony esposito December 29, 2012 at 02:08 PM
I feel for you, its a damn shame how our local governments have created a POLICE state keeping us from our homes and then demanding how we should rebuild and finance them. Property taxes are sure to rise, I'm getting out as soon as I can sell
anthony esposito December 29, 2012 at 02:10 PM
I left a comment yesterday see someone took it down, I guess they only want to see comments that don't infuriate the population. As displaced tax paying citizens we need to standup to the Gestapo tactics of local government keeping us from our homes
Mark December 29, 2012 at 06:19 PM
While taxpayers/homeowners of Ortley Beach languish in limbo-land, our Ward One Council woman Maria Maruca was too busy to attend the last TR Council meeting on 12/26/12 In addition 2 other Councilmen ( Manforti & Wittmann) failed to attend and a 4th Councilman Sevastakis ( dressed for a beach outing!) spent most of the meeting playing with his smart phone (see below link of meeting)! This is truly a sad, incompetent bunch and it looks like we're on our own! The message is crystal clear the Council could not care less. Keeping Ortley Beach closed allows the FEMA tab to continue! http://tomsriver.pegcentral.com/player.php?video=9fc7cb842bc34934dfb1bb508f1b1970
Phillip December 30, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Most realize those who are on council in many different towns south, north, east and west are political clowns.
Candice December 30, 2012 at 08:21 PM
as much as I hate it we're going to be forced to do the same...sell...which unfortunately is exactly what they want...ever since Dover township became Tom's river it's been nothing but corrupt...unfortunately selling now will not be easy and we'll all be taking a major hit on the value of our homes...or land if there is no home
Park Goer January 01, 2013 at 04:14 PM
No doubt near the bottom of the very expansive list of priorities but,....any ideas when Island State Park may be reopening ?

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