PATERSON, NJ (CBSNew York) – Excessive runoff in the New Street Reservoir resulted in a boil water advisory for parts of New Jersey nearly two weeks after Hurricane Ida.
Residents of four New Jersey towns are affected.
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As CBS2’s Thalia Perez reports, cars lined Park Avenue in Paterson as residents waited for free bottled water at East Side High School. The Passaic Valley Water Commission distributed the water after issuing a boil water advisory in Paterson as well as Passaic, parts of Woodland Park and Clifton.
“You have to have patience. If you don’t have patience, you won’t get anywhere, ”said Auria Agosto.
Many have told Perez they have no choice but to be patient and wait in the hot temperatures, such as Leroy Wiggins, who says he has been waiting an hour.
Web supplement: Map of the area affected by the boil water advisory (.pdf)
“It was terrible without water. Without clean water, you can’t even cook a decent meal, ”Wiggins said.
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Lou Amodio, the acting administrator of the Passaic Valley Water Commission, says excessive runoff in the New Street Reservoir is the cause of the boil water advisory. He says the plan for now is to pump fresh water into the tank daily and test it constantly. He estimates that the whole job will take at least 2.5 weeks.
But for Marina Ellis, who is 81, it’s not soon enough.
“I’m an elderly person and it’s very difficult, you know, to keep going out for water. Sometimes you can’t find it. It’s tough, ”Ellis said.
At the Paterson distribution centers, they offer a free case of water to every family of four.
For a list of water distribution points, CLICK HERE.
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Thalia Perez contributed to this report.