Public Water Treatment Returns to Routine

Posted on April 17, 2019

On Monday, April 22, 2019  New Jersey American Water is schedule to resume routine  water treatment process at its Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road Surface Water Treatment Plants from free chlorine to chloramines (a combination of ammonia and chlorine). During the transition to chloramine some customers may notice a slight change in taste and odor in their water. We will continue to monitor the water quality to ensure the service we deliver meets or is better than federal and state drinking water standards.  Longer release found below.

On April 22, New Jersey American Water will resume using chloramines in water treatment at its Raritan-Millstone and Canal Road Water Treatment plants. These plants serve New Jersey American Water customers in the following counties: Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Somerset and Union.

In mid-February, as part of an annual maintenance program for its water distribution system, New Jersey American Water temporarily changed the water treatment process from a chloramine (combined) residual to free chlorine residual. Chloramines have long been an effective method of water disinfection that meet all EPA and NJDEP drinking water standards, and have been used by New Jersey American Water since the 1980s.

The treatment change applies to New Jersey American Water customers in the following communities: (Communities with an asterisk purchase water from New Jersey American Water.)

Hunterdon County: Flemington Borough*, Frenchtown Borough, Raritan Township, Readington Township, and Tewksbury Township

Mercer County: Hopewell Township, Lawrence Township, Princeton Borough, Princeton Junction, Princeton Township and West Windsor Township

Middlesex County: Cranbury Township, Dunellen Borough, Edison Township, Jamesburg Borough, Middlesex Borough, Monroe Township, North Brunswick*, Piscataway Township, Plainsboro Township, South Brunswick Township and South Plainfield Borough

Somerset County: Bedminster Township, Bernards Township, Bernardsville Borough, Bound Brook Borough, Branchburg Township, Bridgewater Township, Far Hills Borough, Franklin Township, Green Brook Township, Hillsborough Township, Manville Borough, Millstone Borough, Montgomery Township, North Plainfield Borough, Peapack & Gladstone Borough, Raritan Borough, Somerville Borough, South Bound Brook Borough, Warren Township and Watchung Borough

Union County: Berkley Heights Township, City of Rahway*, Clark Township, Cranford Township, Fanwood Borough, Garwood Borough, Hillside Township, Kenilworth Borough, Linden City, Mountainside Borough, New Providence Borough, Plainfield City, Roselle Borough, Roselle Park Borough, Scotch Plains Township, Springfield Township, Summit City, Union Township, Westfield Township and Winfield Park Township*

Source: NJ American Water Company