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Posted on June 8, 2011 at 5:35 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Newton, NJ – The Town just received word that seven out of eight locations tested for water sampling passed.  Therefore, the Town must re-test the one location that failed and the boil water notice is still in effect for the Town of Newton.

The one location is being re-tested as we speak and sent to the lab for analysis.  The Town expects results from this test to be available at approximately 5:00pm tomorrow.  Updates will continue to be posted on under both the “Emergency Alerts” section on the left-hand side of the homepage, as well as the Town Manager’s Blog on the right-hand side of same. 

A Reverse 9-1-1 call will be issued by the Newton Police Department shortly.  Also, the potable (drinkable) water truck located across from the Municipal Building in Central Parking Lot #4 will still be accessible for residents.

There is currently no change to the Health Department rules that were promulgated yesterday by the Sussex County Health Department.  Any Newton or Andover food establishments affected by the watermain break must still operate under these guidelines at this time:

In order for a food establishment to resume full operation the following requirements must be met - Once water is restored to the food establishment, it can only be used for washing utensils, general cleaning, hand washing and flushing of toilets. 

  • Standard wash-rinse-sanitize procedures as outlined in New Jersey State Sanitary Code, Chapter 24 must be followed.
  • NO food preparation may be done with Newton water at this time. 
  • Only bottled water may be used for the preparation of any food items until the Newton Water has been tested and the laboratory results meet the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s drinking water quality standards.  While establishments are using bottled water for food preparation they must post a sign stating, “Bottled Water In Use for All Food Preparation.”
  • Only upon notification by the Newton Water and Sewer Department of satisfactory biological testing results can water obtained directly from faucets be used for the preparation of food items. 
  • If a food establishment has any questions they should contact the Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services during normal business hours at 973-579-0370 or online at

Updates as conditions warrant.  Thank you again for your patience.

Thomas S. Russo, Jr., Town Manager