Water Boil Alert In Bloomfield, Montclair Untouched

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.

Emergency Regulations: Prohibition Of Activities And Mandatory Actions During Drought Emergency In California

Responding to the recent severe drought, the California Water Resources Board on Tuesday approved an emergency regulation to make sure water agencies, their clients and state residents increase the conservation of water in urban settings or face possible fines. The regulation for water conservation is aimed at reducing outdoor urban water use. The regulations which the state water board adopted mandate the use of minimum actions to help conserve water supplies this year and in 2015. Most California citizens make use of more water for their outdoor activities. In some areas, about 50% or more of daily water use is used for outdoor landscaping and lawns. Over the years, many communities have taken bold steps to reduce water use. But many have not been doing this and more needs to be done to make sure water supplies do not continue to diminish.

This regulation is aimed at helping all Californians stop certain activities like washing down sidewalks or driveways; watering their outdoor landscapes which causes excessive runoff; making use of hose to wash their cars, unless when such hoses have shut-off nozzles, and making use of potable water in fountains or decorative water features, except when such potable water is recirculated. This regulation makes serious exception for safety and health conditions. In communities where there is no such water shortage contingency, the regulation requires water suppliers to choose between the regulation of outdoor irrigation to about twice a week and implementing other similar water conservation actions. To track the progress of this water conservation processes, water suppliers are expected to report water usage at least once a month.

Local agencies could recommend a $500 daily fine to the courts for water users who fail to implement the stipulated conservation measures in addition to existing processes and policies. The state Water Board could take some actions against all water suppliers that fail to observe the new regulations. All water agencies that fail to comply with the State Water Board Enforcement Order will have to pay a $10, 000 daily penalties. According to State Board Chair, Felicia Marcus, “this is unarguably the most severe drought ever experienced by both past and present generations, and we have no idea when it will be over”. The impact of this drought is felt in all Californian communities. Communities are short of water, fields are fallowed, wildlife and fish will be devastated. Californians are advised not to waste any more water on outdoor uses. It is in their best interests to conserve as much water as possible to forestall further deterioration of the water scarcity if the drought lingers for longer. These regulations are aimed at sparking widespread awareness of the severity of the situation, and could be extended if the drought lasts longer without adequate action from the people.

The State Water Board has made a plea for communities, water suppliers and business to do more in addition to approving the emergency conservation regulations today. For instance, water supplies have been asked to step up their water conservation programs to make sure all leaks and other sources of water loss are fixed, use more captured rainwater or recycled water, and device other means to help reduce demands among their clients.