Water plays very vital role in the life of humans, especially for drinking purposes. The need to ensure adequate supply of clean and uncontaminated water for home use cannot be overemphasized-as there are several health-related issues linked to the consumption of contaminated water. Getting a very pure and unpolluted water for human consumption has always presented a huge problem in different counties over the years, but different modern water purifying technological inventions has made this task less daunting. The Montclair, Bloomfield municipal has always paid adequate attention to the quality of potable water its residents get. But recent announcements from the municipal’s water quality bureau about the need to boil their water put residents on edge. The office of the water bureau director issued an advice following the discovery of bacteria specie which is capable of causing certain water-borne bacteria infections in the body in some potable water samples.
There is recent boil water advisory in the Bloomfield Township which has gotten some Montclair residents worried about the supply of potable water to their homes. But, if news coming from the office of the Montclair water Bureau Director is anything to go by, these residents can relax as there is nothing to be worried about.
According to the director of Montclair water Bureau Director, Montclair’s water supply is part of an entirely different system the one used by Bloomfield.
A boil water alert has been issued by Bloomfield on July 10, after the detection of the bacteria E. coli in of the over 50 samples obtained during a monitoring and testing routine some days earlier. Township officials gave a warning on the municipal official website, and the Mayor of Bloomfield Michael Venezia issued a similar message on his Facebook page.
The boil water advisory was however lifted on July 12.
About 40 bacteriological samples are carried out in Montclair each month to help monitor the water quality, just like it is done in Bloomfield.
The Water Bureau Director advised locals to be happy that the issue was reported by Bloomfield water officials rather than beating them up for having the courage to make it public knowledge.
The director expressed his happiness with the officials about their decision to alert the public that there was an issue on their potable water quality-as it is what is expected of them.
According to the Annual Drinking Quality Report of 2013, the Montclair municipal gets its potable water supplies from the district water supply commission of New Jersey, which controls the 7 billion gallon Monksville reservoir and the 29.6 billion gallon Wanaque Reservoir.
The potable water supplied to Montclair residents comes from the Grove street pumping station, and is pumped through the Montclair municipal. In addition to this potable water, the municipality is also known to operate two wells. Both the station and two wells that cater for the potable water needs of Montclair residents are well maintained and managed.
According to the most recent Bloomfield reports about water quality, the city gets its potable water supplies from the City of Newark.