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Posted on June 7, 2011 at 4:34 PM by Thomas Russo, Jr.

Newton, NJ – At 10:00am this morning the Town of Newton received the 2” x 16” L301 Pipe Tapping Saddle IPS Thread on Gland Saddle with Strap from Hanson Pressure and Precast in Grand Prairie, Texas.  At that time the Newton Water and Sewer Department began the repair process which has been completed as of 4:00pm.  The Town is hoping to have full water pressure restored to most of the community by 9:00pm this evening.

Accordingly, the boil water notice that had been issued is still in effect.  Residents should bring tap water to a rolling boil for one minute and allow it to cool before using for consumption, drinking, ice cubes, washing vegetables and fruit, and for brushing teeth.  Residents must continue to boil water until they have been notified that the water quality is acceptable. 

The Town of Newton Water and Sewer Operator, John Madden, is currently in the process of testing water at eight (8) locations throughout Newton - 102 Sparta Avenue (KRAVE), 105 Sparta Avenue (Paint Spot), 105 Sparta Avenue (Party World), 81 Sparta Avenue (Cono’s), 47 Sparta Avenue (Newton Pizza), 5 Woodside Avenue (Car Quest), 65 Sparta Avenue (U-Save), and 74 Sparta Avenue (Boonton Tire).

The water buffalos for potable (suitable for drinking) water that were obtained for use by Newton residents are still available.  They will be located at Firehouse #1 on Mill Street and Lower Spring Street near Camp Iliff until 8pm at which time one water buffalo for potable (suitable for drinking) water will be moved to Central Plaza, the parking lot across the street from the Newton Municipal Building at 39 Trinity Street.  Residents are asked to please bring empty bottles or buckets that can be used for water pick-up.  If any elderly or special needs residents need help getting water they can call the Non-emergency police line at (973) 383-2525 and a DPW employee will be dispatched to assist. 

Residents who are fortunate to have any level of water pressure are politely asked to please conserve water as much as possible. 

Individuals who attend the Newton School District and Sussex County Community College will receive alerts from their respective school administrations regarding class status for tomorrow.

Please note that any businesses who believe that they have been adversely impacted and are looking to make a claim for lost compensation during this water outage are directed to the Office of the Andover Township Administrator, Vita Thompson, at (973) 383-4280 x223.  As this is an issue for Andover Township’s Insurance policy, all claims must go through their offices only.

For any Newton and Andover food establishments affected by the watermain break:

  • Please be advised that repairs to the Newton water system have been completed. 
  • Water service should be restored to your establishment within the next few hours. 
  • In order for you to resume full operation the following requirements must be met - Once water is restored to your 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 you have any questions please contact the Sussex County Department of Environmental and Public Health Services during normal business hours at 973-579-0370 or online at

A meeting of all affected agencies will be held at 8:30am tomorrow morning after which time the Newton Town Manager’s Office will prepare another press release for dissemination.  Residents and business owners are asked to please be patient during this time as we try to minimize any inconveniences.