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New Jersey American Water Plans For Temporary Treatment Change in Water Treatment Plants Serving Central and Northern Parts of the State

As part of an annual maintenance program for its water distribution system, New Jersey American Water will temporarily change the water treatment process from a chloramine (combined) residual to free chlorine residual at the company’s Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road Water Treatment plants. These surface water treatment plants serve New Jersey American Water customers in the following counties: Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Morris, Somerset and Union.

“This periodic, scheduled change in disinfectant is a standard water treatment practice that allows us to continue to provide safe, high-quality water for our customers,” said Matthew Csik, Director of Water Quality and Environmental Compliance, New Jersey American Water. “We perform this distribution system maintenance program every year as an added measure to further disinfect the pipelines in our distribution system.”

The temporary treatment process will begin the week of February 7, 2022 and continue until the end of April 2022. During this period, some customers may notice a slight taste and smell of chlorine in their water. This is normal and will only be temporary until the system maintenance is complete. Customers who wish to reduce the taste of chlorine can place water in an uncovered glass container in the refrigerator overnight to dissipate chlorine faster.

“We will continue to monitor water quality in the system to continue to provide service that meets or is better than federal and state drinking water standards,” Csik said.

New Jersey American Water has used chloramines in its water treatment process since the 1970s. For more information, visit In addition, due to ongoing water treatment plant upgrades at the Raritan-Millstone Water Treatment Plant, New Jersey American Water has temporarily shut down the fluoridation system. The company anticipates that fluoridation will resume by the end of this year. Fluoride is considered a drinking water additive and the temporary absence will have no impact to the quality of your water. For more information, visit, under Water Quality, select Fluoride.

Public Announcement – Union County Board of Commissioners Seek Input

Through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund provides a substantial infusion of resources to help turn the tide on the pandemic, address economic fallout, and lay the foundation for a strong and equitable recovery. Union County has an allocation of $64.6 million.

The Union County Board of Commissioners and the County Manager invite residents, businesses, and community organizations to provide feedback about their priorities. Eligible use of these funds require that programs and projects must be tied to one of the following allowable uses:

  • Support public health response
  • Address negative economic impacts
  • Replace public sector revenue loss
  • Provide premium pay to essential workers
  • Make necessary investments to water, sewer, and broadband infrastructure

Public input, transparency, and accountability are critical to Union County’s response efforts. The survey is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese by clicking here. To obtain a paper survey and answers to any questions, residents may call 908-527-4250 and ask for Monica Remelgado. A paper survey will be mailed or emailed to callers. The deadline to submit input is the close of business on Thursday, November 18, 2021.

President of Poland to Visit Linden Today

The President of Poland will visit Linden High School today. Expect road closures, parking restrictions, and a heavy Police presence in the area beginning at 12pm. Admittance to the building will begin at 3pm.

  • Please click here for the Linden PD Nixle advisory, which includes security screening information.
  • Previously Registered Attendees should approach the area on Summit St from Gibbons Street, and should park at the former Linden House Diner, 200 West Saint George’s Ave, or at the Linden High School Parking Lot at the corner of Ainsworth Street & Gesner Street (please note that you must approach on Ainsworth Street from West Gibbons Street). Enter the building through door #2 on the Ainsworth Street side near West Saint George’s Avenue.
  • Reception Guests and Authorized Media Personnel may park in the Linden High School parking lot at the corner of Summit Street & Gesner Street and will enter through door #17.
  • Unregistered Guests who wish to attend my utilize on-street parking and enter through the gymnasium door on Ainsworth Street.

To view the livestream of this event, please click here.