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A DEP spokesman said Monday afternoon that Trenton was required to issue a boil water advisory to its 250,000 customers to inadequate treatment according to a report from the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Water Resource Management. A water conservation advisory was also ordered by DEP on Monday night. on Jan 15 was due to elevated turbidities and inadequate disinfection of delivered water, DEP spokesman Rob Geist said. advisory will be limited to water delivered directly from the treatment plant gravity service area, includes downtown Trenton and portions of other affected municipalities. This includes small portions of Ewing and Hamilton Townships.
The state said just after noon that the city had yet to issue an advisory on its website, meaning consumers could have been drinking contaminated water for over seven hours without any warning.
This is one of many problems that has surfaced with Trenton Water Works over the past year. The utility has recently been hammered with numerous DEP violations for its water treatment procedures and failure to notify the public of emergencies.
Councilwoman Marge Caldwell Wilson said the water at her home has reeked strongly of chlorine for the last two days.
The councilwoman got about a dozen calls and emails from city residents over the latest boil water advisory.
very angry, she said. want some answers. I afraid. I don want people getting sick. I in the dark like my constituents.
working with DEP at this very moment to get final approval for any language that should be included as part of the advisory that had to go out to the public, Cherry said. entire process is within the protocol and policy that we are supposed to follow from the state.
Eventually, Trenton did put a notification on its website late Monday afternoon after receiving the scolding from the state. The advisory stated the rapid increase in water levels of the Delaware River caused turbidity issues.
had a string of days in recent that were all 20 degrees or below so ice formed on the river, the city public works director said. also had a significant increase in the rise of the river and the elevation and the levels of the river flow in the last couple days. This morning, river rose about 7 feet within an hour or so. Because of the ice and the increase of the flow, turbidity levels were increased and when turbidity levels increase, we have to take steps to make sure that the water is being is treated properly.
the city job to notify the people, Muschal told The Trentonian. robocalls should have been put out immediately. I don know what they doing. I have no idea what the city doing. It wasn the DEP responsibility. It was the city of Trenton responsibility. Are they asleep at the wheel? I like to know where the director is with all these waters crises going on? Who driving the ship? Don get on that boat.
Outgoing DEP commissioner Bob Martin, in a letter sent Friday, decried the city failure to correct operational shortcomings at Trenton Water Works and said it threatened the health and wellness of thousands of Mercer County residents.
City inability or unwillingness to act with the urgency the current situation requires potentially puts at risk the health of the 225,000 people TWW serves in the City of Trenton and in Ewing, Hamilton, Lawrence and Hopewell townships,
Martin wrote in the strongly worded letter. Department of Environmental Protection has been exceedingly patient with the city. We have worked very hard to assist you in meeting your responsibility to TWW customers. We have given you every opportunity to comply with our appropriate requests for corrective action.
Since Mayor Eric Jackson has assumed office in July 2014, the city has been hit with a whopping 16 water violations from DEP, with 12 of them coming in 2017 it worst year ever on record. As a former Trenton public works director, Jackson used to be responsible for overseeing TWW operations.
Cherry claimed the city has addressed the violations in the past. However, DEP has painted a different picture.
notices do not have anything to do with consumable water for the general public, Cherry said. would say we are addressing the issues. Every notice we received, we addressed. 5, DEP said the city failed to comply with several state regulations over operations and maintenance of Trenton Water Works.
The city didn ensure that health and safety measures over operations and maintenance were followed, the DEP said.
In another key violation, failed to properly staff TWW, according to DEP notice of violation, which cites a September 2017 report that shows TWW had 68 vacancies constituting a 39 percent vacancy rate.
As of Jan. 5, TWW still had key vacancies involving the positions of chief pump operator, senior operators, regular operators, assistant operators, laboratory workers and water repair staff, according to DEP.