It is no longer necessary for Atlantic City residents to boil water, although residents should run their faucets 3-5 minutes to flush interior plumbing, Atlantic County officials announced Friday morning, Nov. 2.
The county also announced the shelter at Buena Regional High School closed Thursday night, and occupants there were moved to Buena Middle School.
The boiling water advisory was issued earlier in the week when county officials learned Atlantic City water had become contaminated following Tropical Storm Sandy. Only Atlantic City water was contaminated because it is the only municipality that uses ACMUA water, county officials said.
County officials advised residents to empty and clean their automatic ice trays and water chillers, and to drain and refill the hot water heater if it is set below 113 degrees fahrenheit. Water softner/cartidge filters should be run through a regeneration cycle or other manufacturer-recommended procedures, according to county officials.
Although the shelter at Buena Regional High School was closed Thursday night, the other shelters remain, at Buena Middle School, Pleasantville High School, Pleasantville Middle School and St. Augustine Prep, which only accepts those with medical needs.
On Thursday, the Galloway Township Office of Emergency Management issued a notice of a need for volunteers to take down county shelters. On Thursday night, Office of Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Brandenberger said the response has been overwhelming, including about 60 volunteers from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.
For more information on the water situation, visit www.acmua.org.
Anyone interested in making a donation to a Red Cross shelter should contact the organization by phone at 1-800-Red-Cross, by text to RedCross@90999 or by visiting the web site at www.RedCross.org.
The county also provides information for those returning home to the barrier islands of Brigantin, Longport and Margate, which were all reopened on Thursday:
After A Flood - How t Protect Your Home and Family from Hazards of Contaminated Water
More flood information brochures and resources at: www.aclink.org/publichealth/mainpages/afterflood.asp